Principles of rail transport and basics of railway engineering

Basics – Principles of rail transport and basics of railway engineering


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This training is designed to introduce novices and newcomers to the topic of railway engineering and rail transport. This module teaches the basic principles of railway technology and provides reliable knowledge that later can be applied in practice. The basic principles of understanding loading gauge and track will later accompany you on a day to day basis. How a train behaves on the track, how brakes and their air system function interdependently and which rolling stock should be used – all these are vital considerations in connective rail transport planning.


Principles of rail transport and
basics of railway engineering

This training conveys basic knowledge of the railway sector.


  • Basic railway principles
  • Loading gauge and track
  • Driving behaviour on the track
  • Running axle and bogie
  • Brakes and air supply
  • Rolling stock
  • Control technology

Designed for: All novices and newcomers to rail transport

Duration: 3 Days

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Raphael Pfaff


EUR 2.100.- excl. VAT
(EUR 2.499,- incl. VAT)

Training cost: EUR 1.380 (excl. VAT) and Campus-Flat-Rate: EUR 720 (excl. VAT)


  • Two nights in a unique atmosphere incl. Breakfast
  • Meals during the training incl. Lunch and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Networking in our lounge
  • At a possibly common learning evening incl. dinner and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Supervision by the trainer during the learning evenings

Schedule & extra overnight stays

Training times
Training begins at 8:30 a.m
Training ends at 5:00 p.m
The last day of training may vary.

8:00-8:30 a.m

Gut Bielenberg
Bielenberg 6
25377 Kollmar

Boutique Hotel Gut Bielenberg
Bielenberg 6
25377 Kollmar

Elbe Boardinghouse
Am Deich 13
25377 Kollmar

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Arrival recommendations

by train
to Elmshorn station and from here by taxi (advance booking recommended at

from the airport
Hamburg and from here by taxi (pre-order recommended at, stating your flight number)

with public transport
from Elmshorn with the bus line 6530 stop *Bielenberg 18* approx. 200m to the hotel
if staying in the Elbe Boardinghouse, take bus line 6530 to the *Wendeplatz* stop, approx. 300m to the hotel