Published report says 'Acela Express' coach dropped drawbar pin

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WASHINGTON — A Federal Railroad Administration spokeswoman says information in a Railway Age article on the separation of an Amtrak Acela Express train on Feb. 5 is inaccurate, based a preliminary report that was not intended for public release.

The report, which Railway Age published Feb. 8, indicates that a drawbar pin on an Acela coach dropped out of place, which led to the separation of Acela Express No. 2150 near Havre de Grace, Md., in the early hours of Feb. 5.

According to Railway Age's story, the pin fell downward, causing a bolt holding a retaining disk to shear off. The train was traveling at 123 miles per hour when the emergency brakes were applied. The pin and disk were found atop a truck frame. Photos at the scene show the train's first and second coaches about five or six feet apart.

In the past several hours, Railway Age's website posted a disclaimer saying that the reprinted report is "for informational purposes only."

Amtrak officials only said that the separation was caused by a “hardware failure.” Personnel inspected all other Acela trainsets and found no defects. The railroad's news release also said the hardware that failed was being replaced on all trainsets.

There were 52 passengers aboard, but no one was injured. They were transferred to an Amtrak Northeast Regional train. Northeast Corridor railfans reported that the train was towed to Amtrak shops at Bear, Del., for inspection.

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