The purpose of this study was to identify and evaluate potential concepts for reducing injuries to highway occupants and train occupants in rail-highway grade crossing collisions. A review of railroad, highway vehicle, and aviation sources was made. The identified concepts were principally those from railroad crashworthiness and collision attenuation studies, plus some collision attenuation concepts from highway safety work. A list of concepts was developed and each approach evaluated for effectiveness according to a set of criteria based primarily on performance in normal operations and in accidents. The more effective concepts consisted of a hard-faced deflector covering the locomotive coupler to remove the highway vehicle from the tracks, a soft crushable collision attenuator to reduce impact accelerations and forces, and increased use of rail brakes in passenger cars.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    HH Aerospace Design Company, Incorporated

    Civil Air Terminal
    Bedford, MA  United States  01730

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Frey, E J
    • Teobald Jr, C E
  • Publication Date: 1980-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 197 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/87 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-8197
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM