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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Transportation Learning Center | Evaluated Learning Experience

1. Introduction and Overview to Switches and Derails (102)

2. Inspection and Maintenance of Switches and Derails (202)
3. Troubleshooting Switches and Derails (302)

Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, and approved locations.


Course 1, 2 and 3 (combined): 48 hours. 


Course 1, 2 and 3: April 2013 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1, 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe theory of operation and purpose of switches; identify related components of switches; differentiate between facing and railing; identify common switch symbols; evaluate and determine normal and reserve position of the switch; describe properties of switch layout as to be able to communicate with the track department; identify installation standards; describe various types of switch layouts and their features; identify normal and reverse configuration on the circuit controller; identify and describe different types of derails; and describe the operation and purpose of derails.


Course 1, 2 and 3: Instruction is offered via classroom through use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, lab, required interaction with instructor, and final exams. Topics include: switches, facing, railing, switch symbols, switch layouts, circuit controllers, and inspection and maintenance of switches and derails. 

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1, 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Railroad Operations, Railroad Electronics, Railroad Engineering, Transportation Management, and Mechanical Systems (5/18). NOTE: Course 1, 2 and 3 must all be completed to receive credit.