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rail layer





Rail layers construct railway tracks on prepared sites. They monitor equipment that sets railroad sleepers or ties, usually on a layer of crushed stone or ballast. Rail layers then lay the rail tracks on top of the sleepers and attach them to make sure the rails have a constant gauge, or distance to each other. These operations are usually done with a single moving machine, but may be performed manually.

Scope note

Excludes people performing preparation activites such as bulldozing or scraping. Excludes people performing electric power lines installation. Includes people performing flash welding. Includes people performing laying activities of tram, metro and light rail tracks.

Alternative Labels

track machine operator

light rail layer

tramway layer

rail machine operator

track layer

railtrack layer

rail track layer

plate layer

light railtrack layer

layer in railway sites

rail layer

railway line layer

Regulatory Aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: