This short article describes what has been done to reduce the risk of deaths due to fire on trains. There are only two considerations that need to be looked at: a) prevention; b) methods to buy time to allow for ordered evacuation. Absolute prevention is impossible, as it could only be achieved by replacing most of the carriage interior components and fitting carriages with material unacceptable to the public. The 'whole vehicle' concept of design is emphasized. This includes fire barriers between the accommodation area and the underfloor source of fire such as electrical faults, brake sparks, fuel leakages, etc. It also includes fire barriers or stops between wall linings and body sides, and between ceiling and roof. The fire performance of components of a vehicle interior are also discussed. These include: a) ease of ignitability; b) flame spread; c) rate of heat release; d) toxic gas evolution; and e) smoke generation. For the covering abstract see IRRD 865607.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mechanical Engineering Publications Limited

    P.O. Box 24, Northgate Avenue
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6BW,   England 
  • Authors:
    • MORRIS, V
  • Publication Date: 1992


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00668065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM