Railway Engineering Questions and Answers

Railway Engineering Interview Questions and Answers

Our 1000+ Railway Engineering questions and answers focuses on all areas of Railway Engineering subject covering 100+ topics in Railway Engineering. These topics are chosen from a collection of most authoritative and best reference books on Railway Engineering. One should spend 1 hour daily for 2-3 months to learn and assimilate Railway Engineering comprehensively. This way of systematic learning will prepare anyone easily towards Railway Engineering interviews, online tests, examinations and certifications.


– 1000+ Multiple Choice Questions & Answers in Railway Engineering with explanations
– Every MCQ set focuses on a specific topic in Railway Engineering Subject

Who should Practice these Railway Engineering Questions?
– Anyone wishing to sharpen their knowledge of Railway Engineering Subject
– Anyone preparing for aptitude test in Railway Engineering
– Anyone preparing for interviews (campus/off-campus interviews, walk-in interview and company interviews)
– Anyone preparing for entrance examinations and other competitive examinations
– All – Experienced, Freshers and Students


Here’s list of Questions & Answers on Railway Engineering Subject covering 100+ topics:

1. Questions & Answers on Railway Track Gauge

The section contains questions and answers on world railways gauges, indian railways gauges, gauge choice, indian railways unigauge policy, loading and construction gauges.

Gauges on World Railways
Different Gauges on Indian Railways
Choice of Gauge
Problems Caused by Change of Gauge
Unigauge Policy of Indian Railways
Loading Gauge
Construction Gauge

2. Questions on Alignment of Railway Lines

The section contains questions on good alignment importance and selection, ideal alignment basic requirements, mountain and rack railways.

Importance of Good Alignment
Basic Requirements of an Ideal Alignment
Selection of a Good Alignment
Mountain Railways
Rack Railways

3. Questions & Answers on Engineering Surveys and Construction of New Lines

The section contains questions and answers on new railway line construction, preliminary investigations for a new railway line, traffic survey, reconnaissance and preliminary survey, final location survey and terrain modern surveying techniques.

Need for Construction of a New Railway Line
Preliminary Investigations for a New Railway Line and Types of Surveys
Traffic Survey
Reconnaissance Survey
Preliminary Survey
Final Location Survey
Modern Surveying Techniques for Difficult Terrain
Construction of New Lines-1
Construction of New Lines-2
Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey

4. Questions on Track and Track Stresses

The section contains questions on good track requirements, permanent way maintenance, elastic structure track, track forces, wheels coning and rails tilting.

Requirements of a Good Track
Maintenance of Permanent Way
Track as an Elastic Structure
Forces Acting on the Track
Coning of Wheels
Tilting of Rails

5. Questions & Answers on Rails

The section contains questions and answers on rails function and types, ideal rail section requirements, rail manufacture, rail wear, rails defects, rail failure and rail flaw detection.

Function and Types of Rails
Requirements for an Ideal Rail Section
Rail Manufacture
Rail Wear
Other Defects in Rails
Rail Failure
Rail Flaw Detection

6. Questions on Sleepers

The section contains questions on sleepers functions and requirements, sleepers density and spacing, sleepers types, wooden sleepers, steel channel and trough sleepers, cast iron and concrete sleepers.

Functions and Requirements of Sleepers
Sleeper Density and Spacing of Sleepers
Sleepers Types
Wooden Sleepers -1
Wooden Sleepers -2
Steel Channel Sleepers
Steel Trough Sleeper
Cast Iron Sleepers
Concrete Sleepers

7. Questions & Answers on Ballast

The section contains questions and answers on ballast functions and sizes, ballast types, good ballast requirements, ballast section design, track ballast collection, transportation and specifications, measurement methods and laboratory tests for ballast properties.

Functions and sizes of Ballast
Ballast Types
Requirements of a Good Ballast and Design of Ballast Section
Collection, Transportation and Specifications for Track Ballast
Methods of Measurement
Laboratory Tests for Physical Properties of Ballast

8. Questions on Subgrade and Formation

The section contains questions on formation slopes, earthwork execution in embankments and cuttings, blanket and blanketing material, railway embankment failures and site investigations.

Slopes of Formation
Execution of Earthwork in Embankments and Cuttings
Blanket and Blanketing Material
Failure of Railway Embankment
Site Investigations

9. Questions & Answers on Rack Fittings and Fastenings

The section contains questions and answers on rail-rail fastenings, wooden sleepers fittings, steel trough and ci sleepers fittings, elastic fastenings, fastenings testing, other fittings and fastenings.

Rail-to-Rail Fastenings
Fittings for Wooden Sleepers
Fittings of Steel Trough and CI Sleepers
Elastic Fastenings
Other Fittings and Fastenings
Testing of Fastenings

10. Questions on Creep of Rails & Geometric Design of Track

The section contains questions on creep development and causes, creep effects and measurements, creep adjuster, creep reduction measures, curves gradients and grade compensation.

Theories for the Development and Causes of Creep
Effects and Measurement of Creep
Adjustment of Creep and Creep Adjuster
Measures to Reduce Creep
Gradients and Grade Compensation on Curves

11. Questions & Answers on Curves and Superelevation

The section contains questions and answers on circular curves, superelevation, curves safe speed, transition curves, compound and reverse curves, extra clearance curves, vertical curves, curves realignment, curves cutting and gauge widening.

Circular Curves
Safe Speed on Curves and Transition Curves
Compound Curve and Reverse Curve
Extra Clearance on Curves
Vertical Curves and Realignment of Curves
Cutting and Check Rails on Curves
Widening of Gauge on Curves

12. Questions on Points and Crossings

The section contains questions on points and crossings important terms, tongue rails switches and design, crossing, worn out crossings, indian railways turnouts and trends, turnout layout, points and crossings inspection and maintenance.

Important Terms
Switches and Design of Tongue Rails
Number, Angle of Crossing and Reconditioning of Worn Out Crossings
Turnouts and Trends in Turnout Design on Indian Railways
Inspection and Maintenance of Points and Crossings
Turnout with Curved Switches
Layout of Turnout

13. Questions & Answers on Rail Joint

The section contains questions and answers on rail joint ill effect, ideal rail joint requirements, rail joint types and welding.

Ill Effect of Rail Joint and Requirement of Ideal Rail Joint
Types of Rail Joint
Welding of Rail Joint

14. Questions on Track Maintenance & Drainage

The sections covers questions on track maintenance advantages and essentials, rail surface and track maintenance, drainage needs and requirements.

Advantage & Essentials of Track Maintenance
Maintenance of Rail Surface
Maintenance of Track in Track Length
Need of Drainage
Requirement of Good Track Drainage

15. Questions & Answers on Railway Accident & Disaster Management

The section contains questions and answers on train accidents, railway accident classification, flood cause way and safety measures.

Train Accidents
Classification of Railway Accident
Flood Cause Way
Safety Measure

16. Questions on Railway Station and Yard

The section contains questions on railway yards classification, railway station site selection and facilities.

Site Selection for Railway Station
Facilities at Railway Station
Classification of Railway Yards
If you would like to learn Railway Engineering thoroughly, you should attempt to work on the complete set of questions and answers mentioned above. It will immensely help anyone trying to crack an exam or an interview.

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