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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-02-009
Synopsis: These recommendations address (1) the determination and designation of maximum authorized train speeds with sufficient safety margins to ensure that a train can be stopped by the air brake system alone, and (2) locomotive engineer support and training. The recommendations are derived from the Safety Board's investigation of the January 30, 2000, derailment of CSX Transportation (CSXT) coal train V986-26 near Bloomington, Maryland, and are consistent with the evidence we found and the analysis we performed. As a result of this investigation, the Safety Board has issued five safety recommendations, three of which are addressed specifically to CSXT, and two of which are addressed to all class I railroads, including CSXT. Information supporting the recommendations is discussed below. The Safety Board would appreciate a response from you within 90 days addressing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement our recommendations.
Recommendation: The NTSB recommends that CSX Transportation, Inc.: Revise your locomotive engineer training and requalification programs as necessary to ensure that they address (1) the emergency use of the two-way end-of-train emergency switch, (2) the proper use of power during a brake application to prevent heat fade and loss of braking, and (3) the use of all styles of locomotive radios, especially their use during emergency situations to call the dispatcher.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Bloomington, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: ATL00FR003
Accident Reports: Derailment of CSX Transportation Coal Train V986-26
Report #: RAR-02-02
Accident Date: 1/30/2000
Issue Date: 3/21/2002
Date Closed: 8/26/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Communication, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 8/26/2002
Response: CSXT indicates that its Engineer Training School addresses guidelines for train braking during inclement weather, train operation on steep grades, including train handling on descending grades and an understanding of heat fade, and emergency brake applications. CSXT training in the use of different types of radios is also being provided, including training on the Trackstar III, Motorola MCX, Motorola late model, and Aeroton. This training covers emergency uses of the radios as well, and supplements special instruction and physical characteristics on the territories where the engineers operate. As this training satisfies Safety Recommendation R-02-9, the recommendation is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 5/6/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 05/20/2002 7:47:49 PM MC# 2020526 CSXT Engineer Training School includes an expanded lesson plan and slide presentation explaining the guidelines for: 1. Inclement Weather Train Braking 2. Steep Grade Operation (1% or more) with emphasis on "Train Handling Descending Grades" including an understanding of heat fade 3. Emergency Brake Applications "Initiating Emergency Applications" A CSX training module for the different types of radios is being taught for certification and requalification including the Trackstar 111, Motorola MCX (early model radio), Motorola (late model) and Aeroton. This presentation includes the proper use of the equipment including a session on "Emergency Application" of each type of radio. This training is in addition to special instructions and physical characteristics on the individual territories where the engineers operate.