Proposed Rule

Locomotive Crashworthiness

  • 02
  • Nov
  • 2004
DOCKET NUMBER: 2004-17645
KEYWORDS: Crashworthiness, Locomotives
ABSTRACT: FRA is proposing to establish comprehensive, minimum standards for locomotive crashworthiness. Locomotive crashworthiness protection is necessary because locomotive collisions can result in crew injuries and fatalities. These proposed performance standards are intended to help protect locomotive cab occupants in the event of a locomotive collision. Examples of locomotive collision scenarios considered include collisions with another locomotive, the rear of another train, a piece of on-track equipment, a shifted load on a freight car on an adjacent parallel track, or a highway vehicle at a rail-highway grade crossing. These proposed crashworthiness standards must be met by demonstrating compliance with either the proposed ruleļæ½s performance standards or an FRA-approved design standard.