Aids for Rail Car Side-door Observation

Aids for Rail Car Side-door Observation

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This report presents the findings of a research program designed to: a) evaluate current door observation practices and procedures and assess how they relate to transit property characteristics, such as facilities, vehicle configurations, and operating procedures; b) identify the range and scope of existing observation aids and assess their merits relative to their specific applications; c) identify promising observation technologies and define conceptual observation aids based on them; and d) develop guidelines for transit system use in the selection and implementation of observation aids for their specific application.An example of this is a light rail system that uses a single set of photoeyes on their light rail vehicles to check if the door ... Such an approach is employed in the elevator industry to ensure that the doors are clear before closing. ... out of alignment, the beams could appear broken and the doors would appear blocked.

Title:Aids for Rail Car Side-door Observation
Publisher:Transportation Research Board - 1995-01-01

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