FIELD EVALUATION OF LOCOMOTIVE CONSPICUITY LIGHTS
Flashing xenon strobe lamps were installed on locomotives in revenue service as a means of alerting motorists to the hazards they are approaching at a rail-highway grade crossing. Effectiveness of these lights in attracting motorists' attention was evaluated. The reactions of both motorists and locomotive crews to the use of strobe lights were also evaluated. Field observations, interviews, and experiments confirmed the attention-getting value of locomotive-mounted strobe lights used in revenue service to alert motorists and suggested operational procedures and device specifications that are the subject of a separate application guideline report. Experimentation and observation of the strobe lights under railroad operating conditions verified that these lights do not interfere with perception of trackside signals or with normal motorist and crew operations. The work reported in this document supports a technical recommendation favoring use of strobe lights on more extensive research tests in railroad operational service.
- The project was sponsored by US DOT, Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Research and Development.
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- Devoe, D B
- Abernethy, C
- Publication Date: 1975-5
- Features: Figures; Tables;
- Pagination: 66 p.
- TRT Terms: Navigation lights; Railroad grade crossings; Safety; Visibility; Visual perception; Warning systems
- Old TRIS Terms: Grade crossing safety; Light signals
- Subject Areas: Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00099360
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D-75-54 Final Rpt.
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 27 1976 12:00AM