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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-81-056
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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): PROVIDE THE OPERATORS ON THE METROPOLITAN REGION WITH THE ABILITY TO DISPLAY A TRAIN ORDER SIGNAL AT TRAIN ORDER STATIONS AS REQUIRED BY THE OPERATING RULES.
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: 11/12/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 11/12/1982
Response: We are pleased to learn that the problem of not displaying a train order signal at all train order stations has been corrected. Based on information presented, we have classified R-81-56 as “Closed-Acceptable Action.”

From: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 1/8/1982
Response: CONSOLIDATED RAIL LETTER: IN YOUR EARLIER CORRESPONDENCE THIS PAST YEAR, IT WAS ALLEGED THAT THE OPERATOR AT OW INTERLOCKING WAS UNABLE TO DISPLAY THE YELLOW FLAG OR LIGHT (TRAIN ORDER SIGNAL) BECAUSE THE WINDOW HAD BEEN SECURED IN THE CLOSED POSITION. WE DID NOT CONCUR WITH THAT VIEW, AS IT WAS STILL POSSIBLE FOR THE OPERATOR TO DISPLAY THE TRAIN ORDER SIGNAL WITHOUT SACRIFICE OF SAFETY. AS YOU KNOW, CONRAIL RULES REQUIRE THE INTERLOCKING SIGNAL TO BE HELD IN THE STOP POSITION UNTIL THE TRAIN ORDER SIGNAL IS ACKNOWLEDGED, AT WHICH TIME, THE SIGNAL MAY BE CLEARED TO PERMIT THE TRAIN TO PROCEED TO THE INTERLOCKING STATION, BUT NOT BEYOND. IN ANY EVENT, THE FACILITIES HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AT ALL TRAIN ORDER OFFICES AND IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT OPERATORS ARE ABLE TO DISPLAY TRAIN ORDER SIGNALS AT EACH LOCATION.

From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 10/13/1981
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that Conrail has taken action to implement this recomendation. We would appreciate more specific information on this effort and its progress. Pending your further response, Recommendation R-81-56 will be held in an llOpen--Acceptable Action1f status.

From: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 7/1/1981
Response: CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION: ACTION HAS ALREADY BEEN TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION.