POTENTIAL MEANS OF COST REDUCTION IN GRADE CROSSING MOTORIST-WARNING CONTROL EQUIPMENT. VOLUME I. OVERVIEW, TECHNOLOGY SURVEY AND RELAY ALTERNATIVES

The results of a recent study of railroad-highway grade crossing warning system technology are presented. Emphasis in the investigation was placed on the determination of the potential for significant reduction in equipment, installation and maintenance costs through improvements sought within a framework of the basic (track circuit) system concepts now prevalent. This study comprises a comprehensive survey of current practices and hardware, an analysis of all major cost elements, and a consideration of potentially beneficial technical changes. The effort is concentrated on the equipment involved in train detection and the activation of warning devices. Special attention is given to European practices. The applicability of European signal relays and of mercury-wetted reed relays to the North American situation is analysed.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-277947, RRIS 08 175478, Bulletin 7802.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Storch Engineers

    824 Boylston
    Chestnut Hill, MA  United States  02199

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • DuVivier, C L
    • Rogers, L M
    • Sheffeld, W
    • Foster, H J
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Pagination: 178 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-022 691, FRA/ORD-77/45-I
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-870
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1989 12:00AM