Final Rule

Inspection and Maintenance Standards for Steam Locomotives

  • 17
  • Nov
  • 1999
SUBJECT: Locomotive Standards (Safety & Noise)
KEYWORDS: Steam Locomotives
ABSTRACT: FRA is issuing new Steam Locomotive Inspection and Maintenance Standards in order to update and enhance its steam locomotive regulatory program. In recognition of the reduced frequency of use of steam locomotives in today�s transportation system, the revised standards�which incorporate consensus recommendations of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee�s Tourist and Historic Working Group�relax certain inspection requirements and tighten others. Significant changes include: the creation of a ��service-day�� inspection system that directly relates inspection time periods to the actual use of the steam locomotive; the elimination, with certain exceptions, of waivers for steam boilers, steam locomotives and their appurtenances; the inclusion of allowances which encourage the use of new technologies, such as non-destructive testing, for boiler testing and inspections; and the imposition of qualification requirements for individuals making certain repairs to steam locomotives, steam locomotive boilers, and steam