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.
- Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings: Update, Bibliography 58.
Dilworth, Secord, Meagher & Associates Limited4195 Dundas
Toronto, ONo, Canada
- Publication Date: 1978-6
- Pagination: 54 p.
- TRT Terms: Cabs (Vehicle compartments); Locomotives; Motor vehicle bodies; Occupant protection devices; Passenger cars; Railroad grade crossings; Safety; Structural design; Vehicle design
- Uncontrolled Terms: Impact protection
- Old TRIS Terms: Car body; Grade crossing safety; Locomotive cab safety; Locomotive design; Passenger car design
- Subject Areas: Design; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00325710
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: Rpt. 789/920
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM