Scale model tests were performed to evaluate the effectiveness of an end-of-track sand bumper arrestor. The tests were conducted using a 1/15 replica of the BART A car at scale speeds to 80 mph. A second dummy car was used to model a two-car train and scale speeds to 60 mph were tested. The results indicate that a 24-ft sand bumper would be effective to approximately 20 mph with a two-car train and speeds below that with longer trains. Increasing the bumper length will improve the stopping power, but beyond 50 ft the first car has risen above the 3-1/2 ft high sand bumper and is unstable. A scale model sled-sand braking system was tested with a single BART car and was found to be effective up to 80 mph.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Intersociety Committee on Transportation for presentation at the Intersociety Conference on Transportation, Denver, Colo., Sept. 23-27, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Krachman, H E
    • McCutchen, W R
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051404
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ASME Journal of Mechanical Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 73-ICT-75 Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 1982 12:00AM