Inward Facing Camera Installation

Brothers and Sisters, NS has advised that they will begin the implementation of inward facing cameras during the coming months. I have attached a Powerpoint presentation that was done for the GCs last week. Every Class 1 railroad has began installing cameras in locomotives as many of you have seen already. Here is a breakdown of information learned during the presentation:

NS will begin installing cameras this month.
There will be 5 installed in June.
From August-December, another 45 will be installed.
From January 2016-April 2016, another 45 will be installed.
At that point, the program will be assessed and future installation plans will be determined.
There will be NO audio recording from the camera.
This camera will use the same recording box as the Railview camera. When recording, the light on the recording box will be lit.
This camera only records while moving, and will cease recording while stopped.
A speed of more than 2 mph will initiate the recording.
A speed of less than 2 mph will initiate the camera to stop recording. After approximately 4 minutes after being stopped or less than 2 mph, the camera will stop recording.
There is NO view of the bathroom area.
There is NO automatic download (i.e. Weris, LEADER)
The inward-facing camera footage will not be integrated with the event recorder.
40 hours of footage will be retained on the recording.

The following bulletin will be issued to all employees this week:
To: All T&E Employees To: Mechanical employees who may move engines in connection with their duties

Subject: Locomotive Inward Facing Camera Installation

Following recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Norfolk Southern, like other major railroads have already done, will begin installing inward facing cameras (IFCs) on locomotives in June 2015 to enhance the safety and security of our employees, our operations, and the public. Equipping the locomotive fleet will be a multi-year process. Norfolk Southern’s policy regarding the installation and use of the inward facing cameras and their data is outlined below: ·

The IFC will be located on the back wall of the locomotive cab behind the engineer when operating short hood lead, will be clearly visible to all employees and will have a wide-angle view of the operating cab; · Due to the IFC’s location, the restroom is not visible; ·

IFCs, similar to RailView, will record when the locomotive is moving and will cease recording four minutes after the locomotive stops; · A flashing green light will be clearly visible on the RailView interface display when the IFC and RailView cameras are recording; ·

IFCs will record only video and no audio; ·

IFC data retrieval and review will only take place following a serious incident/accident or following a triggering event such as, but not limited to, an emergency brake application; · As with RailView, the Norfolk Southern Law/Casualty Claims Department (and the Transportation Data Center at the direction of Law/Casualty Claims) will be the custodians of the data and will share the data with other departments for incident investigation consistent with this policy;

· IFCs are designed to enhance the safety of operations. Any tampering or vandalism of the cameras will not be tolerated; · NS will continue to utilize foreign locomotives received in interchange which may be equipped with IFCs. The functionality and NS’ use of the IFC data from foreign locomotives remains as outlined in Operations Bulletin dated July 18, 2014.

This will be a slow phased-in implementation. It might be several months before you even see a camera on an engine. Please reiterate to your members to not attempt to disable or alter the camera in any way. We do not have to like or approve of the implementation of these cameras, but they have been recommended by the NTSB and the courts have decided that rail carriers have the right to install them on the engines. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Jason Boswell
General Chairman