Level crossings - a train driver's perspective

In the long history of level crossings and development of hardware to alleviate their problems the train drivers' perspective has been largely ignored. Indeed level crossings have, until recent years, been separately designed by road and rail authorities with no input from one of their most consistent and regular users. For train drivers, level crossings are stressors. Consequences and trauma from accidents at them have ruined some careers. Trauma associated with them has only recently been addressed. Structures and buildings can be erected ad-hoc which effect the visibility of crossings and add to stress. Whilst appreciating recent trends in protection at frequently used crossings, usually at a high capital cost, much can still be done using low cost solutions for infrequently used ones, such as standard road signals and signed speed humps and rumble strips. Crossing locations should be clearly identified and marked to enable clear information to be given to emergency services.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 41-6
  • Monograph Title: An overview of the International Symposium on Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Safety and Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01433099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 869105264
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:25PM