Lexan Gate Arm, HR-536, 1987

(1987) Lexan Gate Arm, HR-536, 1987. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

Innovative Rail Ltd. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa produced a new rail/highway crossing gate arm that shows promise in two areas: a. Minimizing arm breakage, and b. Added target value to motorists. The new gate was demonstrated to the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, and that railroad has requested its use at two crossings on an "experimental basis" to determine if its installation provides relief in those areas. On April 18, 1986, the Department observed a test of the material under field conditions with the Transportation Company. The gate received four mid-center strikes at 5 MPH by a company truck while in the lowered position, and showed no damage. In a fifth mid-center strike at 15 MPH, the gate was visibly damaged at the connection to its raising mechanism, but continued to function though at a 5-10 degree drop. Several pictures of the gate and its saddle mechanism are shown in Appendix A of this report. Innovative Rail established distributorships in the United States and Canada, and has since gone out of business.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Railroad grade crossings, Railroad safety, Stress tests (Equipment)
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Railroads
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Traffic safety
ID Code: 19732
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2015 18:26
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2015 18:26
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/19732