Technical Reports

Passenger Train Grade Crossing Impact Tests: Test Procedures, Instrumentation, and Data

  • 01
  • Oct
  • 2003
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-03/18.II
KEYWORDS: Impact test; passenger rail car; grade crossing impact
ABSTRACT: Two full-scale impact tests performed June 4 and June 7, 2002, involved single Budd Company Pioneer-type cab car impacts into a heavy steel coil on a frangible support. For the first test on June 4, a cab car was fitted with a 1990's design front end, and for the second test on June 7, with a state-of-the-art front end. For the 1990's design front end, there was a large amount of damage to the corner post, which pulled out of the anti-telescoping plate at the top and sheared away from the buffer beam at the bottom. For the state-of-the-art design front end, the corner post was left permanently deformed with a maximum deformation of 8.25 inches.

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