TRAIN MOVEMENT AND CONTROL SYSTEMS (LC)

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3N222075
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will enable the student to gain a broad awareness and understanding of the concept, design, rationale and implementation of systems of control for train movements, covering principles, practices and safety standards, in normal, degraded and emergency conditions. The module covers human factors as an important element in implementation of a new signalling system, or making changes to existing signalling systems.

Syllabus

The following key areas will be considered: -426 Basic TMCS functions including safe movement of trains, interlocking, controlling train speed, ensuring an unobstructed route and functions in emergency, degraded and maintenance modes. Means of control including train detection, movement authorisation, interlocking and movement control. The principles of operation of Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) Signalling development history Signalling principles A brief review of train control systems worldwide, considering the special concerns of tramways and metros. Human factors; aspects of human behaviour and the operator as a sub-system. Traffic management systems and practice Future vision for TMCS; communication based train control Degraded modes and RAMS Safety regulation and the signalling system.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principal functions of a train movement control system and the means by which these functions are delivered2. Describe and analyse the principles of operation of main line signalling and train protection systems and explain the impact of regulation and lessons learned from accidents on their development3. Evaluate the different train control principles and technologies that are used; summarise their strengths and weaknesses and explain the differences in terms of the characteristics of the railways that they control4. Critically analyse a proposal for a new or amended signalling system, from the operators' perspective, including human factors considerations

Teaching / Learning Strategy

It is intended that this module is delivered through GCULearn, GCU's on-line learning environment. Students will be expected to participate in a range of e-learning activities including individual and group work, and where appropriate self- and peer assessment. Formative assessment will be used to encourage learning and interpersonal skills, and the summative assessments will provide evidence of the development achieved throughout the module. A tutorial event at the start of the module will bring students together from the programme. This also provides the opportunity to meet their tutors. Further support will be offered via GCULearn, for example on line discussion and announcements, by e-mail and telephone. Formative assessment will be used not only to encourage knowledge of the subject, but also to help develop transferable skills. Summative assessments will provide evidence of the learning achieved throughout the module. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module.

Indicative Reading

Books: Rolt, L. T. C., (1982), Red for Danger , Pan Books UK Health and Safety Executive, (1996), Railway Safety Principles and Guidance , HSE Books Black, A&C (2000) Introduction to Signalling - IRSE IRSE Signalling Philosophy Review April 2001 Black, (1991) A&C Railway Control Systems - IRSE Black, A&C (1995) European Railway Signalling IRSE IRSE technical committee paper No 2 The Operational Availability of Railway Control Systems The Influence of Human factors on the Performance of Railway Systems - IRSE Compendium on ERTMS - Winter, P - Eurail Press Rolt, L. T. C., (1982), Red for Danger , Pan Books UK Health and Safety Executive, (1996), Railway Safety Principles and Guidance , HSE Books Black, A&C (2000) Introduction to Signalling - IRSE IRSE Signalling Philosophy Review April 2001 Black, (1991) A&C Railway Control Systems - IRSE Black, A&C (1995) European Railway Signalling IRSE IRSE technical committee paper No 2 The Operational Availability of Railway Control Systems The Influence of Human factors on the Performance of Railway Systems - IRSE Compendium on ERTMS - Winter, P - Eurail Press Magazines: There are numerous railway magazines available in the shops containing information on subjects ranging from political developments affecting the industry to reserved steam traction. Very good for current international developments are: -720b7 Rail Magazine (UK), b7 Modern Railways, b7 Rail Professional, b7 Railway Gazette International b7 Railway Digest Magazine (Australia). b7 Trains: The magazine of Railroading (USA) South African rail industry magazines include: Railways Africa and SA Rail Magazine. Websites: b7 www.rail-reg.gov.uk <http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk> b7 www.rgsonline.co.uk <http://www.rgsonline.co.uk> b7 www.trainweb.org/tgvpages/signals <http://www.trainweb.org/tgvpages/signals> b7 www.railway-technical.com/sigind <http://www.railway-technical.com/sigind> b7 www.railwaysarchive.co.uk <http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk> b7 www.dlr.co.uk <http://www.dlr.co.uk> (navigate to Technology ) b7 www.spoornet.co.za <http://www.spoornet.co.za> website (Transnet Freight Rail Core Business.) Transnet reading: -720b7 Transnet Freight Rail monthly Platform b7 Transnet Freight Rail Portal b7 Transnet Freight Rail General Appendix No. 6 (Part 1 ) (2006) b7 Transnet Freight Rail Train Working Rules b7 All Transnet Freight Rail news bulletins

Transferrable Skills

- Written communication skills - Personal and interpersonal skills - Information gathering skills - Problem solving - Critical thinking and reflection - Assessment and evaluation skills - Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Tutorial Discussion 10.00
Independent Learning (PT) 35.00
Directed Learning 35.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% The assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators, University of Johannesburg and Glasgow Caledonian University.