Proposed Rule

Inspection and Maintenance Standards for Steam Locomotives

  • 25
  • Sep
  • 1998
SUBJECT: Locomotive Standards (Safety & Noise)
KEYWORDS: Steam Locomotives
ABSTRACT: FRA is proposing to update its requirements issued in 1978 (��1978 standards��) for steam locomotive inspections and maintenance with new standards that represent the consensus recommendations of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee�s Tourist and Historic Working Group. The proposed standards would relax certain inspection requirements, while tightening others, to recognize and reflect the less frequent use of steam locomotives in today�s national system of transportation. Significant changes would 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 of waivers for steam boilers, steam locomotives and their appurtenances, with certain exceptions; 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 locomotive boi
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