Course syllabus

Banteknik för ingenjörer
Track and Permanent Way for Engineers

VTVA35, 9 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYI2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of track and permanent way on both system and component levels. It also intends to provide an insight into track and permanent way problems in projection, building and maintenance.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The course contains sections centred around the railway’s superstructure and substructure, detailed parts and how these interact in a system.

The track geometry and inspection of the track geometry are also dealt with thoroughly, the focus being on what characterises ”good” geometry.

The projection, building and maintenance phases are emphasised. Particular interest is also shown in the operation and maintenance of track and permanent way installations, including the relevant maintenance machines and tools.

The section surfaces between track and permanent way and adjoining technical areas (electric, signalling and telecommunications) are focused on to give a comprehensive picture of the whole railway system.

Basic geology and soil characteristics

Common geotechnical test methods

Geotechnical investigations during the planning phase and ongoing work

Teaching/learning is individual and in groups. Lectures are alternated with practical exercises at the Railway Training Centre.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Satisfactory written exam. Satisfactory individual technical report on results of a geometric dimensioning problem.

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.


Assumed prior knowledge: VTVA45 Road and Railway Engineering
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VVB662

Reading list

Contact and other information

Examinator: Andreas Persson,
Teacher: Ragnar Hedström,
Course coordinator: Stellan Jönsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is held at Trafikverksskolan in Ängelholm.