Daniel O’Connell

Redlands, California

General Specialty

Railroad Accidents
Railroad Operations
Railroad Safety

Specialty Focus

49 CFR Part 240
Accident Investigation
Close Call Reporting - C3RS
Commuter Trains
Federal Railroad Administration
Freight Trains
National Transportation Safety Board
Passenger Trains

Primary Areas of Expertise

Railroad Operations and Safety

I am a retired Train Superintendent with over 40 years of experience in the operating craft. I am an expert witness and have testified for several cases on the railroad. I have freight, passenger, and commuter experience. I was a major figure in the implementation of Positive Train Control in Southern California.

Danny has proven railroad leadership experience and unique industry knowledge and perspective. Starting his career as a Brakeman, Switchman, Conductor, and Certified Engineer with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF), and then onto Amtrak, Danny has both foundational knowledge of train operations, and executive experience.

Taking his knowledge of train operations, he successfully transitioned to senior management roles at Amtrak, including Road Foreman of Engines to Superintendent. Managing teams of over 300 train, yard and engine employees, 800 On-Board-Service employees, while also building strong relationships with federal and state agencies. Danny has a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise on all facets of the industry. He remains in constant communication with railroad industry employees, both union and management, for updates on new practices, and operating/safety



  • Safety Management Oversight
  • Railroad Operations Expert Witness
  • Federal Rules Compliance and Certification


Education & Training:

  • Lean Six-Sigma/Business Acumen – Amtrak 2014-2020
    Amtrak Business Management Training including:
  • Safety and Security
  • Critical Incident Command System
  • Federal Railroad Safety Act
  • Charging Officer Training
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Sexual Harassment, and Diversity in the Workplace
  • Freight and Passenger Railroad Operating Certification and Training
  • Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers (DSLE) Amtrak 2004
  • Certified Engineer Instructor ATSF 1991
  • Engineer Certification ATSF 1990
  • Conductor ATSF 1981
  • Brakeman/Switchman ATSF 1978
  • Amtrak/Santa Fe 1978 – 2009 Completed required federal training and certifications for
    Conductor (1981), Engineer (1990), and Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers


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