ARE FRA RAIL STANDARDS RESTRICTING RAIL-FLAW DETECTION

Since the FRA Track Safety Standards were implemented the number of defective rails has decreased, but the number of accidents due to rail failures has increased. The article tries to explain this discrepancy. A 10% increase in the availability of test equipment has resulted in only 6% increase in test mileage. In fact, Railway Companies lack the means of applying regulations concerning defective rails and this could lead them, in some cases, to put off inspection. Moreover, there is no flexibility in existing standards in so far as the priority removal of potentially hazardous defects known to be in the rail is concerned. The article discusses the need to tighten regulations or make them more flexible.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  USA  06010
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

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  • Accession Number: 00129311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Union of Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1976 12:00AM