The FRA ordered Amtrak late Wednesday night to require all railroad maintenance workers and their supervisors to review safety rules applicable to their jobs. The regulatory agency also required Amtrak to review the rules governing communication between rail workers, their foremen and dispatchers. FRA also recommended that the rail agency conduct a similar safety review for all safety sensitive workers.Amtrak succeeds Conrail, which succeeds Penn Central, which succeeds The Pennsylvania Railroad. And all the Crusty Old Roadmasters who reinforced the Prime Directive, Safety is of the first importance in the discharge of duty, have crossed the final summit.
In the case of rail incidents the FRA conducts its own investigation parallel to one underway from the National Transportation Safety Board. The FRA issued the directive because of information received during its investigation, which is ongoing.
THAT'S SOME D**N LOOSE RAILROADING.
Sunday morning, two operators of a backhoe died when they, contrary to all the protocols of safe railroading, occupied a live track on the Northeast Corridor near Chester, Pennsylvania. Along came Amtrak 89, heading for Savannah and expecting men and equipment to be in the clear. The Federal Railroad Administration has requested that maintenance personnel enroll in Railroading 099. Yes, a remedial course, for no credit.