Accident Investigations

HQ-2013-05 (Finalized)

  • 17
  • Mar
  • 2013
LOCATION: East Haven, CT
RAILROAD: Providence & Worcester Railroad Company
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Amtrak
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Amtrak
ABSTRACT: On March 17, 2013, at 1:10 a.m., EDT, eastbound Providence & Worcester Railway (PW) freight train FPCH, consisting of four locomotive and 104 empty hopper cars, derailed three hopper cars at milepost 75.3 while the Train was backing from the main line through the interlocking into the yard at a recorded speed of 10 mph. The derailment occurred on Amtrak’s Shoreline Junction on New Haven Main Line (NHB) in New Haven, Connecticut. Hopper cars 73, 74, and 75 derailed as a result of tread build-up on car TRIX75205’s wheels. The tread had built up over the top of the flange of the wheel rendering the flange unable to keep the wheels on the track.
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