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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 Cab and Wayside Signaling (105)

2. Inspection and Maintenance of Signaling Systems (205)
3. Cab and Wayside Signaling Troubleshooting and Repair (305)

Course 1, 2 and 3 (combined): 37 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 signaling; identify related elements of signaling; describe interference between territories with and without signaling systems; describe operation of types of signaling systems; describe equipment for train to wayside communication (TWC); identify signaling symbols recommended by American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association (AREMA); describe how overlay systems work; describe general operation of Automatic Block Signaling (ABS), Automatic block signaling uni-directionally, Automatic block signaling Bi-directionally, and Traffic Control Systems; develop a sequence of operation for an ABS; list the Automatic Train Control Subsystems;  describe operation of Automatic Train Protection, Automatic Train Operation and Automatic Train Supervision; describe operation of Radio Frequency Based Signaling; list and describe CBTC specific equipment; and inspect, maintain and repair cab and wayside signaling systems.


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: cab and wayside signaling systems, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association signaling symbols; overlay systems; Automatic Block Signaling; traffic control systems; and radio frequency based signaling.

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1, 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 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.