MNTRC Newsletter Vol 19, Issue 1: Summer 2012

UNLV Hosts Introduction to Practical Railway Engineering


Hualiang (Harry) Teng, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Walking the tracks, seminar participants gained some new insights.

UNLV News – This past March 21-23, UNLV hosted a three-day seminar – Introduction to Practical Railway Engineering (IPRE). This is one of the most important seminars offered by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association (AREMA). More than 20 professionals from across the US attended the seminar. The seminar instructors were well-known professionals in railroad industries, including railroad transit. They were John G. Green from HALCROW – A CH2M Hill Company; Mark Engels from Escorrt, LLC; Michael McGinley from SCRRA; and B. Coy Horton from Union Pacific Railroad.

Key topics included train operations, railway equipment, tractive effort, train-track dynamics, railway track alignment design, track inspection and maintenance, civil and track construction, railway structures, environmental regulations and permitting, highway-railway grade crossings, and communications and signals. The seminar culminated with a field trip to a railroad road in Las Vegas.

One instructor said it was a fun and exceptional class – very mature, with many excellent questions. He said that everyone wanted to attend the field trip.