RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT: PENN CENTRAL COMPANY TRAIN SECOND 115 (SILVER STAR) DERAILMENT AT GLENN DALE, MARYLAND, JUNE 28, 1969

The "Silver Star" operating as Penn Central Train 2nd 115, derailed on Penn Central tracks at Glenn Dale, Md. about 1:23 p.m. June 28, 1969. Among the 541 passengers in the 18 cars, 144 persons were transported to area hospitals, 12 of whom were admitted. Total estimated damage, excluding personal injuries, were in excess of $300,000. The derailment was caused by lateral movement of the track under the train. The lateral movement was caused by buckling of the track because of high compressive forces caused by heat expansion and the tendency of rail to creep in the direction of the predominant flow of traffic and descending grade. A number of injuries to passengers were caused by their being thrown from the seats and striking interior parts of the cars, and by luggage being thrown about inside the cars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Surface Transportation Safety
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1970-6-10

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 43 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00072593
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-70-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1976 12:00AM