THE DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE AS A WORK ENVIRONMENT: A STUDY IN APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY

Human factors in the diesel-electric locomotive is the subject of a study in applied ethnology and applied physical anthropology. Working from the viewpoint of locomotive crew members, the study's principal objective is to aid in designing locomotives that will enable crews to work efficiently and safely. Thirty recommendations are made to this end. After a discussion of applied anthropology, general characteristics of present-day locomotives and operations of the crew in the locomotive are covered. Recommendations and background information are presented in the following areas: (1) arrangements of cab displays of warning devices and mechanical indicators, (2) arrangement and design of controls, (3) locomotive structure, (4) impacts, (5) exterior signaling for the locomotive, and (6) vibration on the locomotive.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Published as part of "Studies in Cultural Anthropology," Rice University Studies, Vol 61, No. 2, pp 37-78, 8 Figures, Spring 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Rice University

    Houston, TX  United States  77005
  • Authors:
    • Gamst, F C
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127833
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: NSF GS 3040
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1976 12:00AM