Objective Evaluation of Risk Reduction from Tank Car Design and Operations Improvements – Extended Study
Keywords: Hazardous materials, probability of puncture, risk evaluation, tank car puncture resistance
Abstract: This report describes a novel and objective methodology for quantifying and characterizing how changes to tank car designs or the tank car operating environment lead to reductions...
Keywords: Slab track, track geometry, instrumented wheelsets, heavy axle load, HAL
Abstract: The Transportation Technology Center, Inc., with funding by the Portland Cement Association and the Federal Railroad Administration, documented the available records associated...
Keywords: Conspicuity, freight car, highway-railroad grade crossing, pattern recognition, recognition, reflectorization, retroreflective material, safety, signal detection theory, visibility, warning device
Abstract: Researchers evaluated whether train-mounted reflector pattern designs help nighttime drivers recognize and avoid hitting trains at grade crossings.
Researchers evaluated whether train-mounted reflector pattern designs help nighttime drivers recognize and avoid hitting trains at grade crossings.
Force Environment Evaluation of Stub Sills on Tank Cars Using Autonomous Over-the-Road Testing of the Instrumented Tank Car
Keywords: Tank cars, stub sills, ENSCO, track geometry, measurement, load environment, operating conditions, instrumented tank cars, data collection, vertical coupler force, longitudinal coupler force
Abstract: Fractures have been observed on stub sill tank cars for many years. Undetected and unattended, these fractures can develop into a variety of tank car failures. While tank car...
Reports to Congress
2015 Federal Railroad Administration Report to Congress on Actions Taken to Implement Unmet Statutory Mandates and Address Open Recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General Regardin
Keywords: PTC, Positive Train Control, Amtrak 188, Rail Safety, derailments, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, recommendations
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are providing this status update on railroads’ Positive Train Control (PTC)...