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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-028
Synopsis: About 5:38 p.m. on 2/16/96, eastbound Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) train 286 collided with westbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train 29, the capitol limited, at milepost 8.55 on CSX main track near Silver Spring, Maryland. The marc train was operating in the push mode in revenue service between Brunswick , Maryland, & Washington, DC.; it consisted of a locomotive & three commuter cars. The Amtrak train, operating in revenue service between Washington DC., & Chicago, Illinois, consisted of 2 locomotives & 15 cars.
Recommendation: TO CSX TRANSPORTATION INC.: Develop & implement, in cooperation with Maryland Mass Transit Administration/Maryland Rail Commuter, a complete training agenda for all CSX Transportation Inc. passenger traincrews that provides experience in the correct use of emergency equipment, in emergency communications procedures, & in passenger evacuation & assistance in an emergency & also includes the distribution of a comprehensive employee guidance manual.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA96MR004
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Maryland Rail Commuter MARC Train 286 and National Railroad Passenger Corporation AMTRAK Train 29
Report #: RAR-97-02
Accident Date: 2/16/1996
Issue Date: 8/28/1997
Date Closed: 7/8/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Communication, Evacuation, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 7/8/1998
Response: Based on the CSXT response, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-97-28 "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 12/9/1997
Response: MARC and CSXT cooperated in developing and implementing a training program for CSXT crews that operate MARC equipment.