Course syllabus

Utformning av järnvägar
Railway Design

VTVF85, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2017-04-06

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYV3
Elective for: V4-at, V4-tv
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to provide students with the ability to use methodology in railway planning and design. It is also intended to give them in-depth knowledge of the geometric design of railways, quality of basic data and teaching/learning aids.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Compile and evaluate relevant information from different disciplines, with different perspectives while designing for a sustainable urban and natural environment.



A railway project in rural area is followed from its conception to final design, requiring students to study the principles and basics of the prevailing regulations and guidelines for geometric design of the railway, including analysis of horizontal and vertical alignment. Adaptation to terrain and benefits for the society is emphasized in the initial sketch work, while effects and consequences of the chosen alignment are emphasized in the more detailed final stages of the project work. Road intersections and stations are studied. Initial sketch work is conducted by hand while computer aids are used for detailed design.




Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Individual written examination. Written and oral descriptions of the project work. The exam of the project work is conducted through collaborative group testing. One day compulsory field studies.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0112. Name: Home Examination.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Home Examination from VGU.
Code: 0212. Name: Project Work.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral descriptions of the project work. The exam of the project work is conducted through collaborative group testing.
Code: 0312. Name: Field Studies.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Compulsory Field Studies


Required prior knowledge: VVBF20 Road Construction or VTVA45 Road and Railway Engineering.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VVB027, VTVF10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,
Examinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is offered in Lund.