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Drive a mile in my seat : signal design from a systems perspective

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Anjum NaweedAnjum Naweed, J Aitken
Train drivers navigate conventionally designed railways using a keen awareness of their routes and by calculating likelihood predictions of future states. These processes have traditionally followed a model of signal-to-signal based running, which comprises the awareness of their static (location-based) and dynamic (aspect-related) properties. This paper reports findings from a study that examined the socio-cultural and technical ties between the signal and the driver in the context of SPAD risk management. It provides examples of how signal aspects are being interpreted on Australasian railways, how operational pressures are altering the driver-signal dynamic, and how the meaning of the caution aspect has evolved in today’s dynamic and productivity oriented rail environment. The paper seeks to describe the train drivers’ experience of interpreting and responding to railway signals, so that the signal engineering community may better understand the implications of introducing new variables and schemes into their signal design language.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Parent Title

IRSE: Australasia technical meeting, 25-26 July 2014, Newcastle, New South Wales.

Start Page

1

End Page

7

Number of Pages

7

Start Date

01/01/2014

Finish Date

01/01/2014

Location

Newcastle, NSW

Publisher

Institution of Railway Signal Engineers Australasia

Place of Publication

Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Institution of Railway Signal Engineers. Conference