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Amtrak 188 wreck: NTSB responds; Schanoes rebuts
David Schanoes’ personal analysis of the Amtrak train No. 188 derailment at Frankford Junction curve on the Northeast Corridor last year elicited a response from National Transportation Safety Board Director…
The short, the long, the skinny, and the fat
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly…
Amtrak 188 engineer distracted before wreck, says NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the engineer of Amtrak Northeast Regional train no. 188 was likely distracted by radio traffic about an emergency situation on a Southeastern…
SEPTA places railway safety technology order
Protran Technology, a Harsco Rail company, has received an order for railway safety technology from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), operator of the sixth largest rail transit system by…
Amtrak 188 wreck: FRA Emergency Order; windshield strike possible factor
Following the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 on May 12, 2015, which killed eight and injured more than 200 others, the Federal Railroad Administration has instructed Amtrak to…
If only . . . but wait . . .
I’ve been in France. I love being in France, a country that in the past 20 years has spent twice on its railways what it has spent on its roads.…
Greenbrier debuts "Tank Car of the Future"
Members of the rail industry, the media, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) gathered at the GBW Railcar Services (a joint venture of The Greenbrier Companies and Watco Companies) tank and general…
NTSB wants all tanks in a blanket
Proponents of current plans to renew the continent’s crude oil tank car fleet arrived at work April 7 to find another embarrassing egg laid at their doorstep, and not by…
Tank car safety, PTC on NTSB’s 2015 Most Wanted List
The National Transportation Safety Board has released it 2015 list of ten “Most Wanted” areas that require safety improvements. Six of the ten are either rail specific or multi-modal; four,…
Greenbrier lauds NTSB on tank car safety focus
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced its support for the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, for NTSB's placing tank car safety on its "Most Wanted List of…
Two MTA railroads to acquire video cameras
Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road won approval from a committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 to award contracts totaling…
NTSB, Metro-North, and politicians, Part 3
Let’s continue with my comments from Part 1 and Part 2 on the Oct. 28, 2014 National Transportation Safety Board press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five…
“Schumenthal” at their self-serving best and worst
I never thought I would find myself in the position of defending the Federal Railroad Administration, at least from anyone other than the Ayn Rand-Alan Greenspan-Phil Gramm-Rush Limbaugh types out…
MTA taps NTSB for new safety czar
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has named National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director David L. Mayer as the agency’s new Chief Safety Officer.
NTSB Paulsboro report faults training adequacy
A National Transportation Safety Board report on a Conrail Shared Assets derailment in Paulsboro, N.J., cites several factors, including inadequate safety training for train crews, as contributing factors.
Dear NTSB . . . . .
The National Transportation Safety Board recently released an open letter to MTA Metro-North Railroad containing its initial safety recommendations derived from the ongoing investigation into the Dec. 1, 2013 derailment…
Data drought haunts FRA crew-size mandate
By the Federal Railroad Administration’s own congressional testimony, the years 2012 and 2013 were among the railroads’ safest on record, while the relatively few train crashes were mostly the result…
NTSB, TSB issue joint CBR safety recommendations
The National Transportation Safety Board, in coordination with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, on Jan. 23, 2014 issued a series of recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and…
Emergency Order 29: Where’s the consistency?
When we investigate accidents and injuries, when we analyze failures of any sort on any railroad, we are searching for a root cause—that determining factor, or factors, that drive the…
Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway CBR train derails, explodes
A 90-car Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway CBR (crude by rail) train derailed and exploded in a rural area of western Alabama early on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, leaving 26…
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