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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)

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

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

Course 1, 2 and 3: April 2013 - May 2023. 

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.