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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-81-054
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 7, 1980, CONRAIL FREIGHT TRAIN OPSE-7 STRUCK THE HEAD END OF AMTRAK TRAIN NO. 74 WHILE IT WAS STANDING ON TRACK NO. 2 AT DOBBS FERRY, NEW YORK. THE LEAD LOCOMOTIVE UNIT OF TRAIN OPSE-7 OVERRODE AND DESTROYED THE OPERATING CAB OF THE POWER CAR OF TRAIN NO. 74. OF THE ESTIMATED 234 PERSONS ABOARD THE TRAINS, 75 PASSENGERS AND 9 CREWMEMBERS WERE INJURED. DAMAGE TO THE EQUIPMENT WAS ESTIMATED AT $915,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL): ESTABLISH BETTER PROCEDURES FOR THE TRAINING AND FOLLOWUP BY SUPERVISORS OF OPERATORS AND DISPATCHERS TO INSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES. PROVIDE FORMAL TRAINING.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Dobbs Ferry, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA81AR007
Accident Reports: Head End Collision of Amtrak Passenger Train No. 74 and Conrail Train OPSE-7
Report #: RAR-81-04
Accident Date: 11/7/1980
Issue Date: 5/18/1981
Date Closed: 10/13/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 1/8/1982
Response: This refers to your letter of October 13 concerning safety recommendations resulting from the collision of Conrail train OPSE-7 and Amtrak train #74 at Dobbs Ferry, NY on November 7, 1980. In that letter you indicated that Conrail's actions had fulfilled Recommendation R-81-54, but asked for further response concerning the other two Recommendations, which follow. .lision of Conrail train 'erry, NY on November 7, that Conrail's actions but asked for further Recommendations, which

From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 10/13/1981
Response: The Board is pleased to learn of the increase in Conrail's program for monitoring rules compliance by operators and dispatchers, particularly on the Metropolitan Region during the first 4 months of 1981 in comparison with the same period in 1980. We also noted Conrail’s issuance of instructions requiring new employees to be monitored within 30 days in addition to their annual test requirements.In addition, we are graitfied to learn that new operators in the Metropolitan Region now receive 10 days of training instead of 5 before receiving their on-the-job site training. While we are cognizant that the increased formal tarining rules only apply to the Metropolitan Region, we feel that Conrail’s actions have fulfilled recommendation R-81-54 which is now classified as “Closed--Acceptable Action." The Safety Board encourages you to expand the longer formal training period for new operators to include the entire Conrail system.

From: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 7/1/1981
Response: CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION LTR: SINCE THE OCCURRENCE, CONRAIL HAS STEPPED UP ITS PROGRAM FOR MONITORING RULES COMPLIANCE BY OPERATORS AND DISPATCHERS. DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1981, CONRAIL HAS INCREASED ITS TESTING FOR COMPLIANCE WITH BLOCKING DEVICE RULES BY 71.7% OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF 1980. ON THE METROPOLITAN REGION, TESTING FOR THESE SAME RULES HAS INCREASED 408%, DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1981, VERSUS THE SAME PERIOD OF 1980. IN ORDER TO INCREASE CONCENTRATION ON RULES COMPLIANCE BY NEWER EMPLOYEES, WE HAVE JUST ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS REQUIRING THAT NEW EMPLOYEES BE MONITORED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF COMMENCING EMPLOYMENT, IN ADDITION TO OUR OTHER ANNUAL TEST REQUIREMENTS, WITH EACH SERIES OF OBSERVATIONS CONSISTING OF AT LEAST TEN TESTS IMPORTANT TO SAFE TRAIN OPERATIONS. ALSO, THE METROPOLITAN REGION HAS INCREASED THEIR FORMAL TRAINING PERIOD FOR NEW OPERATORS TO A TOTAL OF TEN DAYS, PRIOR TO RECEIVING ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.