FRA issues Safety Advisory

CLEVELAND -- The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published Safety Advisory 2001-03, which warns of a potential safety problem with angle cocks manufactured by Ellcon-National. The Advisory was published in the May 1 Federal Register, at pages 21811-12.

The Safety Advisory includes the following information:

"Recently, FRA was informed by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) of several in-service failures of certain Ellcon-National angle cocks, Model 7000 Thread-to-Thread, and Model 7270 Thread-to-Flange. No injuries or fatalities resulted from these incidents which involved several car types, but some of the subject angle cocks have been found to have rotated partially or completely closed due to en route vibrations of the train. This undesired rotation of the angle cock has been identified by crew members in several instances on trains while operating en route and in one case, necessitated the need to activate an emergency brake application from the two-way end-of-train (EOT) device."

Copies of the Safety Advisory have been mailed to all U.S. General Chairmen and State Legislative Board Chairmen.

A pdf version of the Safety Advisory can be viewed and/or printed from the following link:


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May 1, 2001


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers