FEASIBILITY OF SPECIAL STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF LOCOMOTIVES AND RAILCARS TO IMPROVE COLLISION SAFETY AT LEVEL CROSSINGS

This report examines the potential of using structural techniques to reduce fatalities in railway/road vehicle collisions. A review of the state-of-the-art of crossing problems concludes that the preferred solution - grade separation - is very expensive. This approach could cost Canada at least $18 billion, if all crossings were grade separated. The problem is therefore of the cost benefit type. The available data examined included statistics, other studies, road safety work, and results of impact tests. Based on these limited available data, an acceleration factor at the point of impact was selected and gross concept sizes for various conditions were defined. Further work is required to reconcile the very limited test data with actual experience. However, the potential for improvement by structural design is good. One test of a system was located. Additional work is required on alternate approaches and to minimize railroad operational constraints.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings: Update, Bibliography 58.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Dilworth, Secord, Meagher & Associates Limited

    4195 Dundas
    Toronto, ONo,   Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Rpt. 789/920
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM