Potential electrical hazards to fire, police, and rescue personnel responding to emergencies on electrified railways are examined. Data on descriptions of electrical facilities, types of accidents and danger to emergency personnel, and reviews of operating procedures have been obtained during a series of visits to electrified rail and transit systems. Programs to reduce electrical hazards to emergency personnel are proposed. These programs are evaluated by a cost-benefit comparison, and recommendations are selectively made. Joint development of emergency operating plans by rescue and railroad organizations, and installation of direct telephone lines to the power director are recommended as being most cost-effective.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Kusko (Alexander), Inc., Needham, MA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Abbas, J D
    • Phillips Jr, W E
    • Kusko, A
    • King, C M
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 60 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318972
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/36 Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-FRA/80-14
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1180
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1981 12:00AM