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Crashworthiness of High-Speed
Train Derailment Kinematics:
Train Lateral Buckling
The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), through its Office of Safety, is engaged in a program to assess overall collision safety for new major high-speed passenger rail corridors. This assessment will cover both collision avoidance and collision survivability for both an existing and a proposed major US high-speed passenger rail corridor. In this research study, the focus was to determine, for a wide range of collision scenarios, the crashworthiness and occupant survivability of the two rail systems.