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RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT: AUTO-TRAIN CORPORATION TRAIN DERAILMENT ON THE SEABOARD COAST LINE RAILROAD NEAR JARRATT, VIRGINIA, MAY 5, 1976

Accession Number:

00147591

Record Type:

Monograph

Availability:

National Technical Information Service

5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312 USA
Order Number: PB-261005/3ST DOTL NTIS

Abstract:

About 6:57 a.m., on May 5, 1976, 25 automobile carriers derailed from Auto-Train Corporation's northbound train No. 4 near Jarratt, Virginia. No one was injured. The train was traveling about 72 mph on the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL). The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an undetected, fractured, loose, and out-of-gauge wheel which struck the track structure. Dragging and incompletely released brakes caused the wheel to overheat at its tread; the overheating caused design stress patterns on the wheel to change and the wheel to fracture. The brakes did not fully release because of the train's length and because of the type of brake equipment used.

Report Numbers:

NTSB-RAR-76-11

Corporate Authors:

National Transportation Safety Board

Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20594 USA

Pagination:

26 p.

Publication Date:

1976-10-21

Features:

Appendices (2) ; Figures

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Subject Areas:

Passenger Transportation; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment

Source Agency:

National Transportation Safety Board

Office of Surface Transportation Safety
Washington, DC 20594 USA

Source Data:

u7705

Files:

TRIS

Created Date:

Feb 16 1977 12:00AM