Metro-North's cab signal system needs to be upgraded to display more restrive indications than it presently does. MAS down to 45 MPH is safe but not efficient, an intermediate indication of maybe 60 would help followed by 45 then 30 and maybe an additional between 30 and 15. Changing the cab signal codes in the rail should not take months to do, it is not that big of a job, they probably should do it at most curve locations. My biggest issue is the lack of an alertor on all equipment whether it is a locomotive, cab car or MU car, an operative alertor would most likely have prevent this unfortunate incident. The alertor whistle would have required an action on the part of the engineer and moving at 80 MPH the alertor would have gone off much more frequently than at a slower speed. As a back up to this, I would think the Feds would impose an immediate speed restriction on all equipment not equipped with an alertor until the equipment involved is so equipped. Another thing just because the engineer was off duty and home does not necessarily mean that he/she was properly rested, more than once I have laid down to sleep and was unable to go to sleep for some time, I can not push a button to sleep and no bureaucrat can do that either. Nobody who is not an engineer can appreciate what it is like to run a train while very tired, I know, I have done it as has all the other engineers everywhere whether they will admit it or not. The alertor was one of the very best devices ever installed on a locomotive and it is hard to believe that Metro-North did not see fit to install these life saving devices on their cab cars when they were built.
On another subject the union of operating employees on Metro-North was removed form the panel investigating this accident, here is a link to the Federal order.
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