Final Rule

Track Safety Standards; Inspections of Joints in Continuous Welded Rail (CWR)

  • 11
  • Oct
  • 2006
DOCKET NUMBER: 2005-22522
SUBJECT: Continuous Welded Rail
KEYWORDS: Inspections, CWR
ABSTRACT: FRA is amending the Federal Track Safety Standards to improve the inspection of rail joints in continuous welded rail (CWR). On November 2, 2005, FRA published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) addressing the inspection of rail joints in CWR. FRA requested comments on the provisions of the IFR and stated that a final rule would be issued after a review of those comments. This final rule adopts a portion of the IFR and makes changes to other portions. This final rule requires track owners to develop and implement a procedure for the detailed inspection of CWR rail joints and also requires track owners to keep records of those inspections.
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