Railroad operations have for many years been plagued with poor safety performance at grade crossings. Many lives are lost each year in accidents at crossings, to say nothing of costly injuries and property damage sustained. The situation has gotten worse with the advent of the soundproofed car, being driven at high speed in conditions of poor visibility. Clearly then some improved method of warning motorists as they approach a grade crossing is needed. Analysis of a critical encounter between a road vehicle and a locomotive reveal that the presently used equipment is inadequate to meet the needs of present day high speed vehicles. A system of vehicular movement warning devices is described in this paper, that might improve to some extent, the safety of grade crossing operations. Two methods are detailed; one involves static directional sonic devices positioned at the crossing; warning activation is made on a real time closing velocity determination. The other system employs a special variety of cattle guard in the roadway, to issue a tactile warning. Both systems are designed to give adequate warning to a motorist in a critical encounter situation as he approaches the crossing with a convergent locomotive on the track(s). A bonus feature in the use of selectively activated static directional sound warning sources, would be the curtailment of urban noise levels, where trains presently use the mobile audible source to issue warnings.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was recommended by the IEEE Land Transportation Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for presentation at the 1973 Joint ASME/IEEE Railroad Conference, St. Louis, Mo., April 11-12, 1973. The price is $1.35 for members.
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  • Authors:
    • Longrigg, P
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044313
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper C73930-5-IA
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1976 12:00AM