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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-81-058
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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 NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK): INSTALL AN ADEQUATE LOCKING DEVICE ON ROTATING SEATS WHICH WILL PREVENT UNDESIRED ROTATION IN ACCIDENTS.
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: 6/13/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 6/13/1983
Response: The Safety Board appreciates the informationprovided by Amtrak concerning the completion of the installation of anti-rotational devices Amfleet, Superliner and Turboliner cars. We have classified R-81-58 as “Closed--Acceptable Action.”

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/1982
Response: NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION LETTER: RECOMMEN DATION R-81-58 CONCERNS INSTALLING AN ADEQUATE LOCKING DEVICE ON ROTATING SEATS WHICH WILL PREVENT UNDESIRED ROTATION IN ACCIDENTS. TO DATE, SEAT LOCKING DEVICES HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON ALL 34 METROLINER REFURBISHMENTS FROM GENERAL ELECTRIC. IN ADDITION, 26 AMFLEET CARS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WITH THIS PROGRAM CONTINUING. ALL 125 COACHES BEING RECEIVED FROM THE BUDD COMPANY HAVE LOCKING DEVICES BUILT INTO THE SEATS. SUPERLINERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-ROTATIONAL LOCKS, 28 TURBOLINER COACHES HAVE SEATS SECURELY LOCKED, AND 7 CARS REMAIN TO BE EQUIPPED.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 4/7/1982
Response: Recommendation R-81-58 deals with installing an adequate locking device on rotating seats which will prevent undesired rotation in accidents. The Safety Board is pleased to learn that Amtrak has install&(anti-rotational devices on the Fletroliners and that the seats in new Amfleet I s on order will contain the same devices. We noted that Amtrak is proceedi with the installation of anti-rotational devices on seats on the Amfleet and erliner cars during normal maintenance inspections and overhaula. We also not that this material is on order for the Turboliners. We would appreciate bei informed when the instal-lation of the anti-rotational devices on the Amflee , Superliner, and Turboliner cars is completed. In the interim the Board has as ed a status of "Open--Acceptable fiction" to this recommendation.

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 8/3/1981
Response: NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION LTR: AMTRAK IS PROGRESSING WITH THE INSTALLATION OF ANTI-ROTATIONAL DEVICES ON SEATS ON THE AMFLEET AND SUPERLINER CARS AS THE CARS GO THROUGH NORMAL MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS AND OVERHAULS. THE INSTALLATION OF ANTI-ROTATIONAL DEVICES ON THE ENHANCED METROLINERS IS COMPLETE, AND THIS MATERIAL IS ON ORDER FOR THE TURBOLINERS. THE NEW AMFLEET II CARS CURRENTLY ON ORDER WILL HAVE THE ANTI-ROTATIONAL DEVICES ON THE SEATS AS THE CARS ARE DELIVERED.