Moving Goods by Rail and An Introduction to Railway Signalling

Ref: C3673546

Britain was the first industrial nation and its development both produced the railway network and was subsequently helped to grow through its capacity to move huge quantities of goods and minerals. Goods traffic produced by far the greater proportion of the railways' income and the wide variety of goods to be handled required both an equally wide variety of machinery and also a complex system of management to allow it to happen. This course explores the development of railway goods traffic over two centuries. It also looks at the provision of signalling systems to allow trains to move efficiently and safely over what was and still is one of the most complex networks in the world.

Course aim

Britain's railway network was one of the most complex in the world. These courses explore how the railways moved goods traffic and how their signalling kept things safe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the ways in which the railways developed as carriers of goods traffic.
  • Appreciate the methods used to manage the goods traffic.
  • Understand the underlying principles of railway signalling.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Moving Goods by Rail and An Introduction to Railway Signalling


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