Basic Railway Planning and Design





Offered by

Civil Engineering




For exchange/transfer students:
General admission requirements and CE-INF1 or similar knowledge.

Main purpose

To prepare students to work with planning and design of railways.


After completion of the course, the student must have the overall knowledge on key elements of railways.


After completion of the course, the student must have a firm, all around knowledge on railway track design and their design criteria. Furthermore, the student must be able to plan and carry out the geometrical design of an open line and stations.


After completion of this course, the student must have the competences to:
• Explain the infrastructure elements of railways
• Describe elements in horizontal and vertical alignments, including switches and crossings
• Describe elements in a typical ballast track cross section
• Propose relevant designs of horizontal and vertical alignments, as well as, cross sections for an open line and a station
• Explain the gauge structure and fouling point
• Explain the terms cant excess, cant deficiency and ideal cant and describe how they are determined
• Propose a speed profile for a track alignment
• Explain the use of track engineering rules (requested-, standard and exceptional regulations) and railway norms (BN1-, BN2- and BN3-regulations), and define design criteria based on these.



Teaching methods and study activities

4 lessons per week for 14 weeks will be implemented, corresponding to a 137.5-hour workload for the student.
Study activities are:
• Lectures taught in class
• Exercises, course work and consultation
• Self-study
Student Activity Model
CATEGORY 1 (Participation of lecturer and students, Initiated by the lecturer - 30%)
Comprises 56 lessons of 45 minutes (42 hours) varying between lectures, exercises, course assignments and tests  
CATEGORY 2 (Participation of students, Initiated by the lecturer - 62%)
Homework, course assignments, self-study and preparation for tests (84.5 timer).
CATEGORY 3 (Participation of students, initiated by students - 8%)
Comprise freedom in choosing method to work with assignments, self-study, study groups and literature search (11 hours)
CATEGORY 4 (Participation of lecturer and students, initiated by students - 0%)


• Railway norms and regulations (Danish:
• Translated guidelines of railway norms and regulations
• Modern Railway Track




Students are graded based on course assignments (50%) and tests (50%) carried out during the course.

Re-exam is an individual oral exam without preparation based upon a subject found by draw.

Any third exam is an individual oral exam without preparation based upon a subject found by draw, similar to the first re-exam.

Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7-point scale.

Additional information



Katrine Steenbach

Valid from

8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Civil Works


Design of open lines and stations, rolling stocks.