Inspection of Level Crossings by PWI and AEN

The PWI should inspect level crossings once a month, check the equipment to be used by the gatemen, examine their knowledge of safety rules, and carry out other routine inspections. She or he should also carry out surprise inspections of level crossings to ensure that the gateman is in attendance and is alert. In addition to the

aforementioned duties, the PWI should inspect the rails, sleepers, and fastenings at least once a year after getting the level crossings fully opened out.

The AEN should inspect all the equipment at every manned level crossing that comes under her or his subdivision once every six months and quiz the gateman regarding rules during the inspection. She or he should scrutinize the manuscript registers of level crossings that are maintained by the PWI and inspect as many level crossings as possible when they are opened completely during the year.


The level crossing is a point where a railway line and a road cross each other at the same level. These are classified into different categories depending upon the importance of the road and the track. Level crossings are quite prone to accidents and all care must be taken to avoid the same. This includes proper maintenance and regular inspection by the appointed railway personnel.

Review Questions

1. What is a level crossing? Draw a neat sketch of an A class level crossing giving its typical dimensions and details.

2. How are level crossings classified in India? Discuss their important features.

3. ‘Level crossings are potential accident sites’. Comment.

4. What are the special precautions to be taken regarding the safety of level crossings? Describe the inspection schedule of PWIs for level crossings.

5. Write short notes on the following.

(a) Level crossing indicators

(b) Speed breakers and rumble strips

(c) B class level crossings.



Maintenance of Level Crossings | RAILWAY ENGINEERING | Locomotives and Other Rolling Stock