This report describes the demonstration which compared under actual operating conditions various means of enhancing the visibility of commuter train ends. The visibility enhancement devices included in the demonstration were: 1) Xenon strobe lights; 2) Large and small red market lights; 3) Amber flashing beacons and 4) Various patterns of brightly colored paints and fluorescent/reflective tapes on car ends. Data concerning the visibility and other attributes of the above devices was collected by means of a series of questionnaires directed at groups of people considered to be significantly impacted by the devices. The groups surveyed were: 1) Train crew members; 2) Independent observers; 3) Residents along various rail rights-of-way; 4) Commuters and 5) Motorists. The survey results are discussed and the conclusions arrived at are used to make recomendations regarding which devices are most appropriate for inclusion in a regulation to govern the visibility enhancement of passnger train ends. In addition, performance specifications and guidelines for the use of these devices are given.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This demonstration was conducted by the Illinois DOT with the support and cooperation of the Federal Railroad Administration and three Chicago area commuter railroads: Burlington Northern, Chicago & Northwestern, Illinois Central Gulf.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    300 North State Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60610
  • Authors:
    • Englund, D B
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 129 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-ORD-76-292 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1982 12:00AM