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Railroad Accident Brief: Train Collision with End of Track

Executive Summary

​On December 28, 2015, about 11:55 a.m., Pacific standard time, a Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad (RCBT) tourist/excursion train struck a wooden bumper at the end of a switchback track in Felton, California.1 The train had 39 passengers, six of whom received minor injuries. The weather at the time of the accident was partly sunny with the wind out of the east at 5 miles per hour (mph) and the temperature was 49°F.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the engineer’s application of the throttle lever friction shoe that prevented the throttle lever from being placed into the idle position and his failure to stop the train by using the emergency engine stop lever or pneumatic clutch control valves before the collision with the wooden bumper at the end of the track.

Accident Location: Felton , CA USA  
Accident Date: 12/28/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FR002

Date Adopted: 2/15/2017
NTSB Number: RAB1702
NTIS Number:  

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