NS Locomotives to Get Inward-Facing Cameras

Norfolk Southern has begun to install inward-facing cameras in its locomotives.

In a statement, the railroads said it began installing the cameras following recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The company contends that the cameras are designed to enhance safety and security of NS employees, operations and the public.
NS plans to equip 150 road locomotives by the end of 2016. The work is being done at the Shaffers Crossing Locomotive Shops in Roanoke, Virginia, but is expected to expand to other shops next year.

The cameras will record video only. Railroad officials said that data will only be retrieved following a serious incident or as part of an investigation.

The NTSB recommended that railroads install inward-facing cameras following a 2012 head-on collision between two Union Pacific trains in Oklahoma.

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