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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-81-060
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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): PROMPTLY PROVIDE FOR PASSENGERS IDENTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY EXITS WHICH INCLUDES INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER USE.
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: 8/9/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 4/19/1988
Response: ALL CARS NOW HAVE PERMANENT EMERGENCY SIGNAGE IN PLACE. WE HAVE ALSO BEEN USING PASSENGER BRIEFING CARDS, AS NOTED IN OUR SEPTEMBER 2, 1987 LETTER. WE FIND, HOWEVER, THAT THEY MUST BE REPLACED ON EVERY TRIP. IN LIEU OF BRIEFING CARDS, WE THEREFORE ARE NOW ATTACHING 18" BY 24" ANODIZED ALUMINUM PLACARDS ON THE BULKHEADS. THESE ARE HIGHLY VISIBLE, EASILY READABLE, AND SHOULD BE VERY EFFECTIVE. ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE WRITING STANDARDS THAT ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF ON-BOARD SERVICES AND TRANSPORTATION MAKING ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THE LOCATION OF THE BRIEFING PLACARDS AND THE EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT AND EXITS.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 1/15/1988
Response: Based on Amtrak's current response to Safety R commendation R-83-75 and Safety Recommendation R-81-60 and it sprevious responses to these recommendations, the Safety Board would appreciate Amtrak clarifying its ongoing programs for installing passenger briefingi'cards and the permanent emergency exit and equipment signage and the timefr~ame for completing these programs. In previous correspondence, Amtrak had indicated that the installation of passenger -briefing cards had been completed in all equipment except the Heritage series which were scheduled to have the cards installed by February 1, 1987. Amtrak's current response to Safety Recommendations R-83-75 and R-81-60 indicates respectively (1) a passenger briefing card is presently in use in Amfleet I equipment and the artwork for~,cards for the remaining fleet is being prepared and (2) permanent emergency has been installed in all equipment except Heritage kit and equipment signage be completed by January 1989. Aside from the fact that Amtrak has revised the date a number of times for completeing these installations (At one time, the Safety Board was informed that briefing cards would be installed in all passenger cars by June 1985.), there apparently seems to be some confusion with respect to the terms "briefing cards" and "permanent emergency exit and equipment signage." The Board believes that emergency exits and emergency equipment should be appropriately marked with permanent signs and that the location of the exits and equipment, among other information, should be included on the passenger briefing card as appears to have been done based on the examples that havei been provided. Pending clarification of this matter, Safety Recommendations R-83-75 and R-81-60 will continue to be held in an "Open--Acceptable Action" status.

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 9/22/1987
Response: A PASSENGER BRIEFING CARD HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND IS PRESENTLY IN USE IN AMFLEET I EQUIPMENT. THIS CARD IS BEING PLACED ON THE BACK OF EACH SEAT IN EACH CAR. A COPY OF THIS CARD IS ENCLOSED. THE ARTWORK FOR CARDS FOR AMFLEET II, SUPERLINER, TURBO, AND HERITAGE EQUIPMENT IS BEING PREPARED. ADDITIONALLY, PERMANENT EMERGENCY EXIT AND EQUIPMENT SIGNAGE HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN ALL SUPERLINERS, AMFLEET CARS AND TURBO LINERS. INSTALLATION OF EMERGENCY SIGNAGE ON HERITAGE CARS IS UNDER WAY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY JANUARY 1989.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 7/13/1987
Response:

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 3/19/1987
Response: BRIEFING CARDS AND EMERGENCY SIGNAGE PACKAGES ARE BEING INSTALLED IN ALL CARS AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS POSSIBLE.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 8/20/1986
Response: In its February 21, 1984, letter, the Board noted that Amtrak had developed an emergency sign installation package for the Rohr Turboliners and indicated that we believed that this package would provide the proper identification of emergency exits and the appropr'iate instruction for using the exits. At that time the Board requested to be informed when installation on the Rohr cars was completed and inquired about T trak's plans for emergency exit designations on other cars. would appear that Based on Amtraki,s response to R-83-75, it installation on the Rohr cars vhas been completed, Since Safety Recommendation R-81-60 is applicable to(, all cars, as is Safety Recommendation R-83-75, the Board will continue to ~hold it also in an "Open-- Acceptable Action" status pending a progress report on the Heritage cars.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 2/21/1984
Response: The Safety Board notes that Amtrak has developed an emergency sign installation package for the Rohr Turboliners and believes that this package will provide the proper identification of emergency exits and the appropriate instruction for using the exits. The Safety Board encourages Amtrak to expedite installation of the emergency exit signs and corresponding instructions or the Rohr Turboliner cars and would appreciate being informed when installation is completed. The Safety Boar’ is also interested in knowing Amtrak’s plans for emergency exit designations on cars ot er than Rohr Turboliner cars. Safety Recommendation R-81-60 will be held in an “Open--Acceptable Action" status pending completion of the installations.

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 10/19/1983
Response: AMTRAK LETTER: AMTRAK HAS DEVELOPED AN EMERGENCY SIGN INSTALLATION PACKAGE FOR THE ROHR TURBOLINERS. THESE SIGNS AND THEIR LOCATIONS ARE SHOWN ON THE ENCLOSED FOUR BLUEPRINTS. THESE SIGNS ALSO INCLUDE THE INSTRUCTIONS REQUIRED FOR USE OF THE EQUIPMENT AS APPROPRIATE. COPIES OF THE SIGN PRINTS ARE ENCLOSED AS INFORMATION. THE DOORS ON THE ROHR TURBOLINERS ARE ALREADY EQUIPPED FOR EMERGENCY OPERATION AND PRINTS FOR THESE SIGNS ARE ENCLOSED.

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/1982
Response: NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION LETTER: IN REGARD TO RECOMMENDATION R-81-60, RECOMMENDATIONS DEALING WITH PROVIDING IDENTIFICATION FOR EMERGENCY IN PASSENGER CARS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THEIR USE ARE BEING STUDIED AND WILL BE FORWARDED TO YOUR OFFICE WHEN COMPLETED.

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 8/3/1981
Response: NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION LTR: WE BELIEVE THAT OUR EMERGENCY EXITS ARE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED. HOWEVER, A STUDY IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE THE BEST WAY TO FURTHER CLARIFY THE INSTRUCTIONS TO PASSENGERS FOR EXIT USE.