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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-69-007
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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: TO THE PENN CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY AND THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY IN GENERAL: Employ to a greater degree the available rail-flaw detector equipment. It is further recommended that complete use be made of the available technical knowledge to insure the development of more dependable means of detecting rail defects within the joint areas with a greater degree of accuracy.
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Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable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Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Chemical Society (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Association of American Railroads (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Dow Chemical Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
International Association of Fire Fighters (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Fire Protection Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Penn Central Transportation Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Sperry Rail Service (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
State of Indiana, State Police (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Penn Central Transportation Company
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. The Board invites your comments on the recommendation in general, and would appreciate being informed of actions taken on these recommendations which directly invovle the Penn Central Transportation Company.

From: American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1970
Response: -From Earl W. Hodgkins, Executive Manager: The Board of Direction of the American Railway Engineering Association has directed me to write to the National Transportation Safety Board in an effort to correct an apparent misunderstanding the NTSB and its staff have relative to the AREA Manual for Railway Engineering. A number of statements were made about the contents of this Manual in the NTSB reports on the former Pennsylvania Railroad' s derailment at Dunrieth, Ind. , and on the Southern Railway' s derailment at Laurel, Miss. In fact, each report contained a specific recommendation that the AREA Manual should include “objective measures of conditions and definite criteria for correction.” Throughout the 65-year history of this publication it has been the intent of the Association and its Board of Direction that the Manual contain principles, data, specifications, plans and economics pertaining to the engineering, design and construction of the fixed plant of railroads (except signals and communications) and allied services and facilities. This material has been developed by the Association's technical committees and published as a guide to railroads in establishing their individual policies and practices relative to the subjects, activities and facilities covered in the Manual, with the aim of assisting them to engineer and construct a railroad plant which has inherent qualities of safe and economical train operation as well as low maintenance cost of the plant itself. With that intent in mind the material in the Manual is classified under the general term “recommended practice.” Furthermore, it has never been the intention of the Association or its Board of Direction that the Manual be a maintenance manual per se. This would require an entirely different philosophy and approach than has existed heretofore. The AHEA is a private, professional- type association of individual dues-paying members. It has no railroad or company memberships and the members from railroads are not empowered to act or vote in the name of the railroads for which they work. Thus, the Manual material developed by the various technical committees represents good engineering practice based on the experience and judgment of a wide cross section of railway engineers meeting in forums provided by the Association. Much of the contents of the Manual is supported by research and service tests prior to adoption. Because of the nature at the AREA and its independent position in the total railroad industry and engineering profession it has never been considered desirable or proper for AREA technical committees to develop definitive, qualitative standards or criteria for the maintenance of the railroad fixed plant. Rather, it always ~as been considered to be the prerogative of the individual railroads to develop their own standards tor engineering, construction and maintenance of their roadway, track and structure based on the nature and Characteristics of their plant and operations and the specific characteristics of the geographical region through which they operate~ In many instances the principles, data and specifications delineated in the AREA Manual are utilized by the individual railroads in establishing those standards. As it has tor 71 years, the American Railway Engineering Association stands ready to do Its utmost to further the best interests of the railroads in the engineering, design, construction, and maintenance of their fixed plant. But, to be effective, efforts on industry-wide criteria or recommended standards for plant maintenance must be properly sanctioned, assisted and coordinated by the railroad industry, and supported by the necessary research, testing and financial backing, not only from within the Industry but also from other interested and concerned parties. If you or members of the NTSB staff have any questions relative to AREA organization, operations, and publications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. The Board invites your comments on the recommendation in general, and would appreciate being informed of actions taken on these recommendations which directly invovle your Association or affliated groups.

From: NTSB
To: Sperry Rail Service
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by Safety Board on December 18, 1969, concerning a major railroad accident which occurred January 1, 1968, on the former Pennsylvania Railroad at Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. Some of the recommendations concern themselves with track inspection and inspection equipment, which may be of interest to your company. The Board invites your comments on these recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. Some of recommendations concern themselves with track construction and maintenance, including inspection, which may be of interest to your organization. The Board invites your commendts on these recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: Dow Chemical Company
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. Recommendations on the problem of identifying and containing hazardous materials in emergency situations and on the feasibility of an Advisory Data Center may be of interest to your Company. The Board invites your comments on these and other recommendations of interest.

From: NTSB
To: American Chemical Society
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. Recommendations on the problem of identifying and containing hazardous materials in emergency situations and on the feasibility of an Advisory Data Center may be of interest to your Company. The Board invites your comments on these and other recommendations of interest.

From: NTSB
To: National Fire Protection Association
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. Recommendations on the problem of identifying and containing hazardous materials in emergency situations and on the feasibility of an Advisory Data Center may be of interest to your Company. The Board invites your comments on these and other recommendations of interest.

From: NTSB
To: State of Indiana, State Police
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: Enclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. The Board appreciates the assistance rendered by the Indiana State Police. A special thanks is extended to Lt. Coser, Commander of District No. 6 in Connerville. The Board invites your comments on recommendations of interest.

From: NTSB
To: International Association of Fire Fighters
Date: 1/15/1969
Response: nclosed is a report adopted by the Safety Board on December 18, 1968, concerning major railroad accident which occurred on January 1, 1968 on the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Dunreith, Indiana. The report will be release to the public on January 16, 1969. Recommendations on the problem of identifying and containing hazardous materials in emergency situations and on the feasibility of an Advisory Data Center may be of interest to your Company. The Board invites your comments on these and other recommendations of interest.