PHASE 05 REPORT ON JUNE 9, 1974 ACCIDENT INVOLVING HEAD SHIELDS

The head shield was recommended as a cost effective device for prevention of catastrophic punctures of tank car heads and 104 new cars for liquefied petrolium gas service were so equipped after 1972. One of these cars was involved in a derailment on the Norfolk & Western in Iowa. While the service trial was not to evaluate the shields' effectiveness in accidents, and statistically it was unlikely that a car would be so involved, this derailment did show the shield performing well. It was not possible to conclude it prevented a head puncture definitely, but it is probable it did so. Method of attachment appears good. No conclusion could be drawn about the effectiveness of mated F couplers because of the conditions of this specific accident.

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098078
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-165
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1976 12:00AM