Technical Reports

A Survey of Railroad Industry Perceptions Regarding Needed Locomotive Cab Design Improvements

  • 10
  • Apr
  • 1989
AUTHOR: Thomas H. Rockwell, Ph.D., Steven M. Kiger
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-89/03
SUBJECT: Human Factors
KEYWORDS: Locomotive Cab, Control Compartment, Human Factors, Cab Safety, Crashworthiness, Crew Comfort, Cab Design
ABSTRACT: This survey was initiated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) as part of the objective to improve locomotive cab safety. The need for and the definition of the survey was generated by the Locomotive Control Compartment Committee (LCCC) in its advisory role to the FRA. The survey was executed through a task order to Battelle Memorial Institute, with R & R Research, Inc. as the subcontractor. The objective was to design, execute and analyze a survey of perceptions of the railroad industry to future design improvements in locomotive cabs. With the help of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), and union leaders on the LCCC, 65 rail management and union participants were personally interviewed using a structured interview guide. The participants represented eight railroads and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and United Transportation Union. The range of participant positions included vice president of operations, chief mechanical officer, engineering and operations staff, road foreman of engines, union leadership and practicing locomotive engineers.

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