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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-045
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 9, 1980, WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD (WP) FREIGHT TRAIN EXTRA UP 3734 WEST (SEALAND 6) HAD ITS CABOOSE, THREE HELPER LOCOMOTIVE UNITS BEHIND THE CABOOSE, AND SEVEN FREIGHT CARS DERAILED AT THE INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY OVERPASS AT HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA. OF THE NINE CREWMEMBERS, TWO WERE KILLED AND TWO WERE INJURED. THREE LOCOMOTIVE UNITS AND THE CABOOSE WERE DESTROYED. DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT $1,382,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY: PROVIDE RADIOS THAT OPERATE ON THE WESTERN PACIFIC FREQUENCY AND WHICH CAN ADEQUATELY PROVIDE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN BOTH ENDS OF THE TRAINS TO CREWS OF TRAINS WITH FOREIGN LOCOMOTIVE AND/OR CABOOSE EQUIPMENT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Hayward, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79807
Accident Reports: Derailment of Western Pacific Railroad Company Freight Train Extra Up 3734 West (Sealand 6)
Report #: RAR-80-10
Accident Date: 4/9/1980
Issue Date: 10/24/1980
Date Closed: 2/2/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Western Pacific Railroad Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Western Pacific Railroad Company
Date: 2/2/1983
Response: The adoption of the policy to provide portable radios with appropriate channels to crews of cabooses equipped with incompatible radio equipment answers the concerns expressed by the Safety Board in our June 23, 1982, letter to the WP. The actions by the WP with regard to R-80-45 are now complete, and we have classified this Safety Recommendation as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Western Pacific Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 7/14/1982
Response: WESTERN PACIFIC LTR: IF TRAINS WITH CABOOSES EQUIPPED WITH INCOMPATIBLE RADIO CHANNELS ARE OPERATED OUT OF JOINT TERMINALS, SALT LAKE CITY OR BIEBER, THE REAR-END CREW WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A PORTABLE RADIO WITH A RADIO CHANNEL COMPATIBLE WITH THE LOCOMOTIVE RADIO. FURTHER, THE CABOOSE WILL BE CHANGED OUT FOR ONE OF EITHER WESTERN PACIFIC OR UNION PACIFIC OWNERSHIP AT THE FIRST TERMINAL WHERE ONE IS AVAILABLE.

From: NTSB
To: Western Pacific Railroad Company
Date: 6/23/1982
Response: WP's action in modifying their radios so that they use the Union Pacific frequency is commendable. However, equipment of other railroads is also commonly used (in the Hayward accident, a Delaware and Hudson caboose was involved) and neither WP's response nor the California Public Utilities Commission's evaluation addresses the need for providing crews with WP portable radios in such instances. Therefore, the recommendation will be kept in an "Open-Acceptable Action" status until we have assurance that the thrust of the recommendation is being fully met systemwide on WP.

From: Western Pacific Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/1981
Response: WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY LTR: FCC ASSIGNED A CHANNEL AND WORK COMPLETE OAKLAND TO WINNEMUCCA. ALL LOCOMOTIVE FLEET CRYSTALS INSTALLED AND BASE STATIONS INSTALLED AS WELL AS DISPATCHER'S CIRCUIT CHANGES MAKING RADIO AVAILABLE FROM HEAD TO REAR TO DISPATCHER AND TRAIN TO WAYSIDE COMPATIBLE BETWEEN WP AND UP POWER AND CABOOSES. EXPECT TO COMPLETE WORK WINEMUCCA TO SALT LAKE CITY BY YEAR'S END.