Metra crews to hear three-note chimes as safety measure

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CHICAGO – Metra has recently installed three-note chimes on its locomotives to remind train crews when speed limits drop, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The chimes are a warning to crews that trains are approaching a location where the speed limit drops by at least 20 mph. While crews are familiar with the variations in track speed, such as those found in curves or bridges, the chimes are safety-redundant a reminder.

As another safety precaution, train conductors are required to confirm with engineers through radios whenever the chimes are sounded, and are to prepare to take action should the train fail to slow down for any reason, according to the article.

The agency developed the safeguard in response to a Federal Railroad Administration advisory. The chimes were installed two weeks ago.

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