Courses & Units

Turnouts JEE156


Railway traffic does not simply travel from one place to another along the same single piece of track. In an urban network of rail lines, trains travel in all sorts of directions depending upon customer demand and availability of rollingstock. As a result, rail tracks are required to cross some tracks, and to merge with or diverge from others. This is particularly true where lines converge in population centres, city centres and marshalling yards. There are many types and forms of track crossings, a vast array of methods for merging or diverging trains, and a bewildering range of different types of terminology used to describe these track structures. In this unit those structures are known as turnouts and crossings, and you will be provided with foundational information about their design, defects, operation, maintenance, and terms used; the unit will expose you to some of their specialised applications. The unit is located early in your course and does not require detailed track knowledge, though a familiarity with the components comprising railway track would be an advantage in your study.


Unit name Turnouts
Unit code JEE156
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Coordinator Mr Mark Symes
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the types of turnouts, and their main components, which are commonly used in a suburban network so that the infrastructure engineer can install and maintain turnouts appropriately.
  • List the applications, advantages and disadvantages of those types of turnouts to help ensure informed choice of turnout for a particular application.
  • Diagnose defects in those commonly used turnouts using applicable rail standards to assist with determining appropriate rectification of those defects.
  • Explain the appropriate selection of turnout properties.
  • Describe turnout operation, performance and technology in different operating conditions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
039907 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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