This report describes the recent fire safety research and practical fire experience of the major European railways. It includes a summary of the main causes and characteristics of railway vehicle fires, general approaches to the problem, and existing European fire protection requirements. The report outlines a variety of methods currently used to test and formally approve materials and structural items, including techniques for measuring material properties like smoke emission, ignitability, and surface spread of flame. Full-scale facilities like British Railway's "phoenix" fire test vehicle are described. Detailed drawings for test apparatus and facilities accompany the test. Also included are the formulas used in the classification of materials, as well as the fire safety standards for vehicle construction adopted by individual railrays and the international Office for Research and Experiments (ORE). Finally, the report looks at two recent projects in fire detection technology and resuce procedures, along with several current or projected developmental activities.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Technical Assistance & Safety, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Kaminski, A
  • Publication Date: 1985-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0152-82-2Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-UMTA-85-13
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM