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4/3/2006    Locomotive Technology

Rail News: Mechanical

Kansas City Southern Railroad begins to install digital video recorders on locomotives

The Kansas City Southern Railroad Co. (KCSR) recently installed its first Digital Video Recorder (DVR) on a SD70MAC locomotive. The railroad plans to install 73 more DVRs on SD70MACs later this year.

By 2007’s end, KCSR expects to equip 300 locomotives with DVRs, which feature a conductor window-mounted camera and external microphone to record grade crossing activities, locomotive air braking, and bell and whistle sounds.

DVR recordings can be used in crossing collision cases or act as a deterrent to litigation brought about by motorists, said David O'Neal, KCSR manager of claims and crossing accident investigations, in a prepared statement.

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