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Safety Recommendation R-95-042
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Synopsis: ABOUT 5:21 A.M., PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, ON 12/14/94, A WESTBOUND ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY (SANTE FE) INTERMODAL TRAIN, PBHLA1-10, COLLIDED WITH THE REAR END OF A STANDING WESTBOUND UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY (UP) UNIT COAL TRAIN, CUWLA-10, AT MILEPOST 61.55, NEAR CAJON, CALIFORNIA, ON THE CAJON SUBDIVISION OF THE SANTA FE'S SAN BERNARDINO DIVISION. THE TWO CREWMEMBERS FROM THE SANTE FE TRAIN WERE INJURED WHEN THEY JUMPED FROM THE MOVING TRAIN BEFORE THE COLLISION. TWO HELPER CREWMEMBERS ON THE REAR OF UP TRAIN DETRAINED BEFORE THE COLLISION BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD RADIO CONVERSATIONS AMONG THE SANTE FE CREWMEMBERS, THE TRAIN DISPATCHER, & UP CREWMEMBERS. AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISIONS, A FIRE BROKE OUT THAT BURNED THE TWO UP HELPER LOCOMOTIVE UNITS. FOUR SANTA FE LOCOMOTIVE UNITS & THREE ARTICULATED FIVE-PACK DOUBLE-STACK CONTAINER CARS WERE ALSO DESTROYED. TOTAL ESTIMAED DAMAGES WERE $4,012,900.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD: EXPEDITE THE ISSUANCE OF NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR MINIMUM FREIGHT-CAR TREAD-BRAKE SHOE FORCE BEFORE 1996.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Cajon, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: LEX95MR005
Accident Reports: Rear-End Collision of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Freight Train PBHLA1-10 and Union Pacific Railroad Freight Train CUWLA-10
Report #: RAR-95-03
Accident Date: 12/14/1994
Issue Date: 12/15/1995
Date Closed: 2/4/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 2/4/1998
Response: THROUGH STAFF CONTACT THE BOARD HAS ALSO OBTAINED INFO CONCERNING THE AAR'S RESPONSE TO R-95-42, WHICH WAS ISSUED AS A RESULT OF THE BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF THE COLLISION OF AN ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY TRAIN WITH A UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY TRAIN NEAR CAJON, CALIFORNIA, ON 1/14/94, THE BOARD WAS PLEASE TO LEARN THAT THE AAR HAS ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDED STANDARDS BY INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE FULL S-401 AMENDMENT PACKAGE THAT BECAME EFFECTIVE ON 1/1/98. WE NOTE THAT THIS EFFORT WAS A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING THAT TOOK LONGER THANPROJECTED WHEN THE RECOMMENDATION WAS ISSUED. BASED ON THE NEWLY ADOPTED STANDARDS, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-42 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 6/29/1997
Response: ON 7/29/97, AAR ISSUED CIRCULAR LETTER C-8745, EFFECTIVE 1/1/98, WHICH REVISED AAR STANDARD S-401-97, FREIGHT CAR BRAKE DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERCHANGE EQUIPMENT. INDUSTRY COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO S-401 WERE SOLICITED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS. AS PART OF THESE REVISIONS, NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR MINIMUM FREIGHT-CAR TREAD-BRAKE SHOE FORCE WERE ISSUE.

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 3/7/1997
Response: R-95-42 ASKED THE AAR TO EXPEDITE THE ISSUANCE OF NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR MINIMUM FREIGHT-CAR TREAD-BRAKE SHOE FORCE BEFORE 1996. SINCE YOUR LETTER, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE AAR HAS GIVEN THE RECOMMENDED STANDARDS PRIORTIY ACTION BY SEPARATING THEM FROM THE FULL S-401 AMENDMENT PACKAGE. PLEASE INFORM THE BOARD ONCE THE NEW STANDARD HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. PENDING A NOTIFICATION OF THE ADOPTED STANDARDS, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-42 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 6/12/1996
Response: MR. EDWIN L. HARPER, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (SINCE DEPARTMENT) RESPONDED ON 6/2/96, THAT AAR THE AAR BRAKING SYSTEMS WORKING COMMITTEE IS CURRENTLY ADVANCING AN AMENDMENT TO S-401 TO REQUIRE THAT ALL BRAKE SHOES ON A RAILCAR MUST BE FORCED AGAINST THE WHEELS WHEN A REDUCTION OF 6 OR 7 PSI IS MADE FROM FROM A 90 PSI BRAKE PIPE PRESSURE. UNDER THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT, THE AVERAGE SHOE FORCE MUST BE AT LEAST 100 POUNDS. (BY TELEPHONE ON 1/16/96 - PATRICK AMEEN DIRECTOR MECHANICAL OF THE AAR STATED THAT THE PACKAGE FOR S-401 WAS LARGE & STALLED WITH TECHNICAL WORK STILL REMAINING. HE STATED THAT THE MINIMUM SHOE FORCE STANDARDS ARE BEING SEPARATED & CIRCULATED ALONE WITH A 30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD BEFORE ADOPTION.