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Rail Signalling Systems Design Workshop

3-Day Training Course: Understanding Signal Design Requirements for an Integrated Rail Project


An intermediate course for engineers illustrating the key principles & thinking behind the design of signalling & control systems in a multi-discipline (integrated) project context

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of a signalling plan and the relationships between principles and signal positioning on a signalling plan
  • Describe the purpose of a Signalling Functional Specification (SFS) and factors that influence equipment selection
  • Discuss issues arising from changes to a ‘brownfield’ site and how changes are identified
  • Understand the signalling design process and identify critical points in the process
  • Detail the process for signal sighting and describe interfaces that can influence it
  • Sketch a simple aspect sequence chart for signalling control
  • Interpret key elements from control tables
  • Explain data preparation processes and interlocking interfaces
  • State operational readiness needs before commissioning
  • Explain incident investigation,  regulatory system requirements and options for degraded operations

About the Course

This is an intermediate course covering Australian; design, principles, and practices for rail signalling and control systems.

The purpose of this course is to make evident the key principles and thinking behind the design of signalling and control systems in a multi discipline (integrated) project context.

The course makes extensive use of a case study, which involves the addition of an electrified stabling yard to a non electrified railway, and the reasoning behind the changes associated with the new signalling and control system.

The sequence of the course mimics a real life project, completed in 3 days! It follows the systems engineering vs project lifecycle i.e:

Requirements → Concept Design → Detailed Design → Installation → Testing and Commissioning → Operations and Maintenance Phases.

Who Will Benefit

We recommend participants have an experience and an understanding of signalling systems, or have attended Informa’s Rail Signalling & Control Fundamentals course, or an equivalent, to get the most out of this course.

Job titles include:

  • Operations management and traffic management (network controllers, train controllers, timetable planners)
  • Project managers, project engineers
  • Track and civil infrastructure managers and engineers
  • Railway maintenance managers
  • Safety assurance practitioners
  • Signal technicians or trainee signal engineers wanting to broaden their knowledge of a signalling project lifecycle
  • Regulators
  • Control systems and communications engineers


“Thorough knowledge and experiences presented well and enthusiastically. Always open to any questions”
Graduate Overhead Engineer, KBR

“Stephen’s no nonsense approach to the subject, he explained in basic terms when needed and presented the topic very well. Definitely one of the best courses I have attended”
Electrical Manager, Perisher

Terms & Conditions

To read the training course terms and conditions read more here

Course Outline

Concept design

  • Applicable standards
  • Which standards take precedence? Hierarchy of applicable standards – International, Australian standards, rail asset owner standards (e.g. ARTC, ASA, VRIOGS), Workplace health and safety standards
  • Fundamental signalling safety, operational, and maintenance principles
  • Purpose of signalling

Case study

  • Operational and user requirements,
  • Existing situation
  • Constraints – compliance to standards
  • Definitions
  • Assumptions
  • Introducing a system context diagram

Signalling plan

  • Design Inputs
  • Signal placement and headway theory key issues
  • Signalling symbology

Signalling Functional Specification (SFS)

  • SFS purpose
  • SFS contents
  • Choice of equipment

Transition to the detailed design phase of a project

  • Introduction to Automatic Train Protection
  • Active level crossing protection

Signalling design for enabling works

  • Staging options for relocation of a signalling location
  • Methods of showing changes
  • Track insulation plans

Signalling design process

  • Understand the outline and structure of a generic signalling design process
  • Safety critical design

Signal sighting

  • What the driver sees
  • Outline sighting process issues to address risks, standards
  • Solutions for inadequate sighting

Signal control and indication

  • Sequence of hardware and software design
  • Options for the control of signal aspects
  • Purpose of an Aspect Sequence Chart

Control tables and data preparation (interlocking and control systems

  • Control tables for signals and points
  • Key signalling principles
  • Approach locking
  • Route locking – opposing signals
  • Dead locking – route holding
  • Data preparation for interlocking and control systems

Signalling system testing and commissioning

  • Testing processes
  • Verification and validation activities
  • Documentation and procedures
  • Operational Readiness

Operation and maintenance

  • Regulatory regime
  • Irregularity/incident

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Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.

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