Public level crossings in NSW

From the early days of railways in New South Wales as with most other rail systems, the crossing of railway lines with road many of which existed for years before the railway era has created numerous problems. A large proportion of our level crossings in country areas for private use only and are negotiated by road vehicles on infrequent occasions. Such crossings are usually equipped with simple gates in the boundary fence and road users are expected to ensure safe usage and security of the gates after crossing. Many level crossings in the vicinity of towns and cities were in earlier days attended by gate keepers and in areas of heavy road and rail traffic, this mundane and boring task must have been very physically demanding of the person concerned especially in windy or wet weather. Since the introduction of interlocked signalling systems in the 1880s, very busy crossings were linked into these signalling systems with swing gates manually operated from an adjacent signal box. The signalman usually had a good overall view of both road and rail approaches and could close up to four gates simultaneously by a large gate wheel in the signal box. All level crossings with interlocked swing gates in New South Wales have now been closed or the equipment replaced by the more technically efficient boom barriers. Many level crossings located away from towns were and still are "open" facilities without gates of any kind and the safe passage of road vehicles requires a degree of vigilance by drivers. These crossing however are often a source of much concern for train drivers due to the frequent carelessness of road users and the many instances of car drivers "racing the train" to the crossing. The advent of diesel traction over the past thirty (30) years or so has increased the danger of open crossings as the quieter approach of trains especially at locations with limited visibility has made the negotiation of such crossings for more hazardous as has been evidenced by unfortunate accidents which have occurred.

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  • Pagination: 2p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1988 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711360
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:22PM