Locomotive noise synopsis

Since the 1980s the issue of noise generated by the rail industry has gained increasing attention. The various train operators, in response to environmental pressures, have gradually introduced noise level restrictions to the rolling stock that they have purchased and have even retrofitted some rolling stock with noise abatement equipment. Locomotives have been identified for particular attention due to the large noise differential that exists between the locomotive and freight wagons/passenger cars. By nominating separate noise controls for locomotives, more realistic noise limits can be established and, at the same time, still maintain control of wagon and passenger car noise levels. The purpose of this paper is to outline some of the issues surrounding the noise control of locomotives. The first part of the paper contains a review of the terms used in the study of noise and the background to setting noise level limitations and the second part of the paper describes the locomotive noise modelling process generally adopted by the industry.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8p.
  • Monograph Title: New horizons for rail: CORE 2004: conference on railway engineering, June 20-23 2004, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01517240
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:14PM