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Safety Recommendation R-73-014
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DEVELOPED EVIDENCE AT PUBLIC HEARING IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, DURING THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-8, 1972, CONCERNING THE DESIGN OF THE HIGHLINER CARS. THE CARS REFERRED TO WERE MANUFACTURED BY THE ST. LOUIS CAR DIVISION OF THE GENERAL STEEL INDUSTRIES INC., AND ARE OWNED BY THE CHICAGO SOUTH SUBURBAN MASS TRANSIT DISTRICT. THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION MADE A CAPITAL GRANT FOR A PORTION OF THE COST OF THESE CARS. AN ANALYSIS SINCE THE HEARING INDICATES THAT THE MAIN VERTICAL MEMBERS (COLLISION POSTS) IN THE HIGHLINER CAR INVOLVED IN THE COLLISION OF TWO COMMUTER TRAINS IN CHICAGO, ON OCTOBER 30, 1972, DID NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS. THE CONDITIONS FOUND INDICATE THAT THE CRASH RESISTANCE OF ONE COLLISIONPOST WAS REDUCED BELOW THE STRENGTH REQUIRED BY 49 CFR 230.457 AND THAT THIS CONDITION MAY EXIST IN A NUMBER OF OTHER HIGHLINER CARS. THE BOARD BELIEVES, HOWEVER, THAT THIS CONDITION CAN BE CORRECTED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: TAKE THE NECESSARY ENFORCEMENT ACTION TO ASSURE THAT HIGHLINER CARS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF 49 CFR 230.457.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80002
Accident Reports: Collision of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Commuter Trains
Report #: None
Accident Date: 10/30/1972
Issue Date: 4/11/1973
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/11/1974
Response: FRA COMMENT : THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD AND THE ST. L CAR DIVISION OF THE GENERAL STEEL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED HAVE BOTH BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE NONCOMPLIANCE OF THE HIGHLINER CARS A PROGRAM FOR MODIFYING THE CARS HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY FRA. ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF'S PROPOSED MODIFICATION WILL BE REVIEWED TO ASSURE THAT IT COMPLIES WITH 49 CFR 230.457. OCT. 10, 1974 FRA, THROUGH GEN'L. DAVIS RESPONDED, "TOTAL OF 129 HIGHLINER CARS IN MODIFICATION PROGRAM. FIVE CARS HAVE BEEN MODIFIED.