The article comments on the improvement of railway safety on the German Federal Railways over the past 15 years. Between 1954-1960 a relatively short period, passenger deaths dropped from 115 to 72 and the number of passenger injuries decreased from 830 to 531. The improvement in railway safety is attributed to a general improvement in technical standards. Many improvements have been or are proposed to meet the demand for higher maximum speeds and to cope with the higher bending stresses and slightly higher axle-loads produced by diesel and electric locomotives as compared with the heaviest steam locomotives. An important measure is the introduction of the S54 rail which may supercede the S49 standard profile. Also, improvements in bridge and tunnel construction, the redefinement of clearance gauges and signalling techniques have enhanced safety operation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1963-2-8

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  • Accession Number: 00037266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM