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Safety Recommendation R-95-048
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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 TO ALL CLASS 1 RAILROADS: PENDING THE ADOPTION OF A FORMAL RULE THE FRA IMPLEMENT 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Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable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: 10/2/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company) (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Canadian Pacific Railway (Soo Line Railway Company) (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Illinois Central Railroad Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Kansas City Southern Railway Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Norfolk Southern Corporation (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Southern Pacific Lines (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Union Pacific (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Canadian Pacific Railway (Soo Line Railway Company)
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 4/16/1996
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT CSX HAS ACQUIRED 419 TWO-WAY DEVICES, & A CORRESPONDING NUMBER OF HEAD-END UNITS. THE BOARD REQUESTS THT CSX MAKE PRIORITY USE OF THESE DEVICES ON ITS STEEPEST GRADES UNTIL ENOUGH SUCH DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FULL IMPLMENTATION. BECAUSE WE APPRECIATE THAT THE RECOMMENDED DEVICES ARE IN LIMITED SUPPLY, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-48 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." PLEASE INFORM US WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 1/9/1996
Response: GERALD L. NICHOLS, ON JANUARY 9 RESPONDED THAT CSX TRANSPORTATION IS INVESTING IN TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES TO COMPLY WITH AN ANTICIPATED FRA REQUIREMENT FOR IMPLEMENTATION BY 1/1/98. THIS IS BASED ON THE RAIL SAFETY ENFORCEMENT & REVIEW ACT OF 1992 THAT REQUIRES TWO-WAY DEVICES ON SPECIFIC ROAD TRAINS NOT LATER THAN FOUR YEARS AFTER PROMULGATION OF FRA RULES. FRA HAS NOT YET ISSUED THE RULES, BUT CSXT & MANY OTHER RAILROADS ARE INVESTING BECAUSE WE BELIEVE FRA WILL REQUIRE IMPLEMENTATION BY 1/1/98, & THAT DEVICES AVAILABLE FROM SUPPLIERLS WILL COMPLY WITH FRA'S FINAL RULE. WE HAVE ACQUIRED 419 TWO-WAY DEVICES & A CORRESPONDING NUMBER OF HEAD-END UNITS. OUR CAPITAL BUDGET IS STRUCTURED TO ACQUIRE OF HEAD-END UNITS. OUR CAPITAL BUDGET IS STRUCTURED TO ACQUIRE APPROXIMATELY 700 DEVICES THIS YEAR & ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER NEXT YEAR. THIS WILL PROVIDE ADQUATE COVERAGE FOR OUR TRAIN NETWORK. SUPPLIERS DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO SUPPLY ALL THE DEVICES NEEDED BY CSXT.

From: NTSB
To: Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 4/1/1996
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE NS IS COMMITTED TO USING TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES AS PROMPTLY AS IS FEASIBLE, GIVEN THA AVAILABILITY OF THE DEVICES IS LIMITED BY SUPPLIER'S PRODUCTION CAPABILITY. THE BOARD ALSO NOTES THAT THE NS EXPECT TO HAVE 725 TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES IN SERVICE BY 3/31/96. THE BOARD REQUESTS THAT THE NS MAKE PRIORITY USE OF THESE DEVICES ON THE TRAINS TRAVELING ON YOUR STEEPEST GRADES UNTIL ENOUGH OF SUCH DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FULL IMPLEMENTATION. BECAUSE WE APRECIATE THAT THE RECOMMENDED DEVICES ARE IN LIMITED SUPPLY, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-48 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." PLEASE INFORM US WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO MEET THE FULL INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 1/24/1996
Response: STEPEHN C. TOBIAS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS RESPONDED THAT: THE NTSB HAS RECOMMENDED THAT TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN TELEMETRY DEVICES (" 2-WAY EOTD'S") BE EMPLACED ON ALL CABOOSELESS TRAINS BY 3/31/96. WHILE WE ARE PROCEEDING WITH THESE INSTALLATION AS PROMPTLY AS FEASIBLE, MEETING THIS MARCH 31 DEADLINE IS SIMPLY NOT PRACTICAL UNDER THE PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCES. UNDER THE FRA'S PROPOSED "POWER BRAKE LAW" REGULATIONS OF 9/16/94, THE NATIONAL RAILROAD FLEET OF END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES ARE TO BE "TWO-WAY" BY 12/31/97. NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS STRIVING TO INSTALL 2-WAY EOTD'S BY THE DATE PROPOSED BY THE FRA, & WE UNDERSTAND THE ENTIRE RAILROAD INDUSTRY IS PROCEEDING ON THE BASIS OF THIS SCHEDULED DEADLINE. NORFOLK SOUTHERN HAS BEEN TAKING DELIVERY OF 2-WAY EOTD'S WEEKLY. AD OF 1/12/96, WE HAD RECEIVED 550 UNITS. AT THE PRESENT PRODUCTION RATE, WE-WILL HAVE 725 2-WAY EOTD'S IN SERVICE BY 3/31/96, THE COMPLETION DATE STATED IN R-95-48. HOWEVER, WE WILL NOT HAVE RECEIVED ALL THE 2-WAY EOTD'S NEEDED ON NORFOLK SOUTHERN UNTIL MAY OF 1997. MOREOVER, THE MANUFACTURER CANNOT INCREASE THE RATE OF PRODUCTION FOR THESE DEVICES WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE PRODUCTION RATE FOR HEAD-OF-TRAIN DEVICES. ACCORDINGLY, WE ARE REQUESTING THAT THE DEADLINE SET OUT R-95-48 BE EXTENDED TO 5/31/97. I WILL BE PLEASED TO RESPOND TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS REQUESTED EXTENSION.

From: NTSB
To: Union Pacific
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company)
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 6/6/1996
Response: THE BOARD WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT EACH OF AMTRAK'S WORK TRAINS HAS A CABOOSE OR RIDER CAR AT THE REAR, & THAT THE CABOOSE OR RIDER CAR HAS AN EMERGENCY BRAKE APPLICATION DEVICE, AS DOES EACH AMTRAK PASSENGER CAR. IN THE EVENT THAT AN AMTRAK TRAIN SHOULD FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS RECOMMENDATIONS, THE BOARD EXPECTS THAT THOSE TRAINS WILL BE EQUIPPED W ITH TW0-WAY EOT DEVICES. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-48 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE ACTION."

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 2/5/1996
Response: THOMAS M. DOWNS, PRESIDENT ON 2/5/96, STATED THT AMTRAK REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH YOUR STAFF & WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 15 WAS SENT TO ALL CLASS I RAILROADS & IS DIRECTED TOWARD FREIGHT TRAIN OPERATIONS. AS YOU KNOW, AMTRAK PASSENGER TRAINS DO NOT CURRENTLY USE ONE-OR TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES. AMTRAK WORK TRAINS RETAIN THE USE OF A CABOOSE OR RIDER CAR AT THE REAR OF THE TRAIN & ARE EQUIPPED WITH AN EMERGENCY BRAKE APPLICATION DEVICE. AMTRAK DOES NOT PLAN, AT THE PRESENT TIME, TO USE TWO-WAY EOT DEVICES ON PASSENGER TRAINS. WE WILL CONTINUE, HOWEVER, TO REVIEW PRESENT & FUTURE OPERATIONS IN LIGHT OF THE TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENTS OF THESE DEVICES & ASSESS WHETHER EOT UNITS WOULD PROVIDE DESIRABLE BENEFITS.

From: NTSB
To: Southern Pacific Lines
Date: 10/2/2000
Response: On January 2, 1997, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) completed rulemaking requiring the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry devices on all cabooseless trains. Because the FRA’s rulemaking accomplishes the goal of Safety Recommendation R-95-48, the Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments would like to classify this recommendation as “Closed—No Longer Applicable” for the nine freight railroads, listed below, for whom the recommendation is still open.