Fire and accident safety in railway tunnels

In the 170 years since the first railway tunnels have been in operation, there has been a fortunately low incidence of accidents, fire-related train accidents and tunnel fires of other causes. Studies have shown that the risk potential in tunnels is lower than on open lines due to the protective covering structure, yet this covering also makes rescue measures much more difficult. The history of tunnel safety, German legislation, a description of fire progression in tunnels, the development of safety plans, tunnel construction and operation (including emergency exits, lighting, routes and plans) and the transport of hazardous goods in tunnels are described. A list of tunnel incidents is provided.


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  • Accession Number: 01011790
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-947644-43-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 3:32PM