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Crash testing: Not just for cars.

Drew Dowdell

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We've all seen car crash tests, so here is a video of locomotive crash tests.  Turn your volume down if you don't wish to hear cheesy disco music


These locomotive crash tests were performed in the 1980s after a series of fatal (to the engineer) crashes.   The DOT wanted to see how different cab designs reacted in various crash scenarios.  They were also testing for something called "climbing"... that is when the impacting vehicle climbs up and over the impacted vehicle.  one of the results of these tests where the "safety cabs" we see on virtually all modern freight locomotives.  Apparently it made such a difference to the safety of the crew, that when older locomotives go in for a major rebuild, they have their cabs converted to the new style.  




A comfort cab loco:



A Spartan Cab loco



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