Final Rule

Track Safety Standards; Continuous Welded Rail (CWR)

  • 25
  • Aug
  • 2009
DOCKET NUMBER: 2008-0036
SUBJECT: Continuous Welded Rail
KEYWORDS: Inspections, CWR
ABSTRACT: FRA is amending the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations over continuous welded rail (CWR). In particular, FRA is promulgating specific requirements for the qualification of persons designated to inspect CWR track, or supervise the installation, adjustment, or maintenance of CWR track. FRA is also clarifying the procedures associated with the submission of CWR plans to FRA by track owners. The final rule specifies that these plans should add focus on inspecting CWR for pull-apart prone conditions, and on CWR joint installation and maintenance procedures. This final rule will also make other changes to the requirements governing CWR.
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