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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-69-005
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Synopsis: ABOUT 9:30 P.M., JANUARY 1, 1968, PENNSYLVANIA WESTBOUND FREIGHT TRAIN PR-11A, CONSISTING OF 98 CARS AND A FIVE-UNIT DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE, WAS PASSING DUNREITH, INDIANA, AT 42 MILES PER HOUR WHEN THE TRAILING WHEELS OF THE 88TH CAR, AN EMPTY TANK CAR, AESX 850, DERAILED AT A BROKEN RAIL NEAR THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE TOWN. AT THE SAME TIME, EASTBOUND FREIGHT TRAIN SW-6, CONSISTING OF A FIVE-UNIT DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE AND 106 CARS, WAS MOVING EASTWARD AT 32 MILES PER HOUR ON THE ADJACENT TRACK.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PENN CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY AND THE AMERICAN RAILWAY ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION: REVISE THEIR TRACK INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS OR RECOMMENDED PRACTICES FOR TRACK CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE SO THAT THEY PROVIDE OBJECTIVE MEASURES OF CONDITIONS AND DEFINITE CRITERIA FOR CORRECTION. DECISIONS AS TO ADEQUACY OF TRACK CONDITIONS SHOULD NOT BE SOLELY DEPENDENT UPON VARIABLE JUDGMENT OR INTERPRETATION OF INDIVIDUALS, BUT SHOULD BE MADE ACCORDING TO OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENTS REQUIRED BY WRITTEN ENFORCEABLE RULES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Railroad
Location: Dunreith, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79780
Accident Reports: ​Pennsylvania Railroad, Train PR-11A, Extra 2210 West and Train SW-6, Extra 2217 East, Derailment and Collision
Report #: RAR-68-03
Accident Date: 1/1/1968
Issue Date: 12/18/1968
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1970
Response: 3/13/69 - ACCORDING TO "TRANSPORTATION DIGEST," DATED MARCH 13, 1969, PAGE 3, PENN CENTRAL HAS THIS RECOMMENDATION UNDER STUDY BY ITS LEGAL DEPARTMENT. 7/8/70 AMERICAN RAILWAY ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION LTR: THE AREA MANUAL ON TRACK STANDARDS WAS PUBLISHED AS A GUIDE TO RAILROADS AND THAT MATERIAL IN THE MANUAL IS CLASSIFIED UNDER THE GENERAL TERM "RECOMMENDED PRACTICES".