Four-track railway between Vienna and Linz, source: Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)

RailTech Academy: second part of the introduction to railway systems

In the second round of courses by IKOS Consulting, starting in June the focus will be on signalling equipment, a critical element for railways safety. The first part of the online training was dedicated to the history of railway transportation and describing the main railway equipment with a special focus on rolling stock and signalling.

The next six courses IKOS Consulting will give an introduction to ERTMS, CBTC, Rolling stock and maintenance, RAMS for railways, the energy system and the rail infrastructure.

This course by IKOS’s team of experts is intended for people who are new in the industry or would like to know more about it. Participants learn to understand how all the elements of the rail environment are linked. It also explains how railways allow its users to travel rapidly and safely from home to work or from one European capital to another.


  • June 5, Introduction to ERTMS
  • June 12, Introduction to CBTC
  • June 19, Introduction to Rolling stock & maintenance
  • June 26, RAMS for railways
  • July 1, Energy
  • July 8, Infrastructure

Living organism

According to trainer Ignacio Galaso a railway system is like a living organism with all of its specific organs and people to support it. “As any organism, it all starts with a skeleton: the infrastructure, energy which is the beating heart of the system and the signalling system which is the brain that controls the train’s movement and ensures the safety and fluidity of the traffic.”

“In this course, we will discover the various components of signalling and introduce the basics of the ERTMS signalling system, which is the European Rail Traffic Management System”, explains Galaso. Besides a skeleton, a heart and a brain to rely on, railways need a supportive team to run the right way and avoid any problems.”


The operation and maintenance people who take care of the system by designing and operating a maintenance plan will also be an important part of the training. Just like the RAMS (Reliable, Available, Maintainable and Safe) people will be. “After these basics are addressed the participants will have a global understanding of the railway systems components and its key players. After that, we dig deeper to have an engineering approach of this complex and exciting sector.”

For more information and registration take a look at the RailTech Academy website.

Author: Paul van den Bogaard

Paul van den Bogaard is editor of SpoorPro, a sister title of RailTech

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