Stand Back, the Next Train is Not Scheduled to Stop

In 2016 an occupied wheelchair was caught in the slipstream of a freight train as it passed through a station. On this occasion, the result was only a minor injury, but aerodynamic effects can be more serious.
Aerodynamic effects at station platforms present a risk to wheelchairs, prams and even small or frail people.  We modelled slipstream flows, studying their effects on people and equipment, and developed guidance on risk assessment methods and mitigations.  RSSB’s Platform Aerodynamic Risk Assessment Tool is available to RSSB members who are registered users of the Rail Risk Portal.



Topics covered:

  • Aerodynamic effects on people and equipment
  • Modelling slipstream flows
  • Guidance on aerodynamic risk assessment and mitigation

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