DutchRailnut wrote:A cab car has same protection as locomotive , ever look at door frame at that front door ?? its called a collision post , it also has has corner post if car is build past a certain date.
In a locomotive your trapped in cab, running back is not option cause there is were you get burned by either fuel or scalding water.
on a cab car (other than metro liners) you can run away from cab or dive clear of cab.
I have ran cab cars for 30 years and never have felt unsafe , granted the speeds were lower, but the amount of idiots in cars is higher .
even locomotives get boo boo's as can be viewed in this 17 mph collision .
The MARC IIA cab cars were built before crash standards became more stringent in 1999. It is also worth noting that FL9s were built before any crash standards for locomotives existed, so if anything they are just sheet metal, with a nose at the front.
Here are two grade crossing accidents, one involving a South Shore Line EMU (which is structurally similar to the MARC cab cars), and one involving a MARC car.
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So they might be worse than a locomotive, but how often do serious grade crossing crashes happen around New York anyway? I think thats the better question to ask when assessing these risks.