GUIDELINES FOR ENHANCEMENT OF VISUAL CONSPICUITY OF TRAINS AT GRADE CROSSINGS

This report summarizes a comprehensive study of potential means of reducing the probability of train-motor vehicle collisions at railroad-highway grade crossings through enhancement of the visual conspicuity of locomotives. Passive techniques are reviewed, and requirements and constraints upon active systems are described. Past research is reviewed, followed by derivation of functional specifications and discussion of practical operating considerations. Operational tests of devices deemed most appropriate to the application are described, with detailed recommendations. The preferred system consists of clear (white) xenon flash-tube beacons mounted on opposite sides of the locomotive cab roof, flashed alternately, used in conjunction with amber incandescent lamps outlining the locomotive.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project was sponsored by US DOT, Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Research and Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Hopkins, J B
    • Newfell, A T
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 56 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D-75-71 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1977 12:00AM