Our railroad experts bring decades of experience in railroad engineering from the perspectives of both designer and user. As construction engineers and maintenance-of-way supervisors, our experts are uniquely qualified to provide accurate and realistic assessments of planning, design, construction, and inspection of railroads.

Railroad Engineering & Grade Crossings

Our railroad experts are civil engineers with backgrounds in railroad engineering and grade crossing safety. We are frequently retained to evaluate grade crossing collisions and train/subway collisions involving motor vehicles or pedestrians. Our architects evaluate pedestrian falls in railroad and subway facilities.

Railroad Engineering Investigations Include:

  • Track structure design
  • Station repair, yard track improvement, bridge repair design
  • Rail-highway grade crossing safety and design
  • Railway signaling, both for train control and grade crossing protection
  • Track inspection

Grade Crossing Collision Investigations:

In grade crossing investigations, our railroad engineers are often tasked with answering questions, such as:

  • Were corner sight distances adequate?
  • Was the profile of the road across the tracks within established criteria?
  • Was the crossing properly marked?
  • Were the crossing warning devices appropriate and did they operate properly?
  • Should the train operator have seen the vehicle and stopped the train without impact?

Pedestrian Collision Investigations:

In pedestrian collision investigations, our railroad engineers are often tasked with answering questions, such as:

  • Should the operator have seen the pedestrian and stopped the train or subway without impact?
  • Were there pedestrian protection devices that should have been present?

Other Railroad Investigations:

Additional issues investigated by our experts in railroad engineering include:

  • Was public access to the train facility, including power devices, adequately restricted?
  • Was recreational use of the railroad land appropriately restricted?
  • Was the inter-track gap between platform and car reasonable?
  • Was the platform surface appropriately slip resistant and well maintained?

Often, additional areas of expertise are employed when evaluating injuries involving trains. Human factors experts evaluate driver and pedestrian response to signs and warnings, and train engineer response to pedestrians or motor vehicles on the track. Meteorologists determine the impact weather conditions may have had on a collision and biomechanical engineers analyze injuries to reconstruct the event. Electrical engineers evaluate issues involving power device contacts, including “third rail”, overhead lines and other power devices.

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