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Safety Recommendation R-95-047
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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 (SANTA FE) INTERMODAL TRAIN, PBHLA1-10, COLLIDELD 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 SANTE FE'S SAN BERNARDINO DIVISION. THE TWO CREWMEMBERS FROM THE SANTA FE TRAIN WERE INJURE WHEN JUMPED FROM THE MOVING TRAIN BEFORE THE COLLISION. TWO HELPER CREWMEMBERS ON THE REAR OF THE UP TRAIN DETRAINED BEFORE THE COLLISION 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 AMERICAN SHORT LINE RAILROAD ASSOCIATION: PENDING THE ADOPTION OF A FORMAL RULE BY THE FRA, RECOMMEND THE USE OF TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN TELEMETRY DEVICES ON ALL CABOOSELESS TRAINS BY 3/31/96.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
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-95-04
Accident Date: 12/14/1994
Issue Date: 12/15/1995
Date Closed: 12/4/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Date: 12/4/2000
Response: The ASLRRA indicates that the FRA now requires two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all trains and that their members comply with the Federal regulations. Based on this response, Safety Recommendation R-95-47 is classified "Closed-No Longer Applicable."

From: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
To: NTSB
Date: 8/1/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 08/21/2000 4:18:56 PM MC# 2001115 1. Mr. Matthew B. Reilly, Jr., Executive Officer, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. NTSB in this Safety Recommendation that trains without cabooses be equipped with two way end of train (EOT). On December 28, 1995 we wrote advising that when regulations were concluded ASLRRA member railroads would comply. FRA has issued regulations requiring all railroads to have trains equipped with two way EOT. I believe that in view of these regulations this safety recommendation can now be closed.