FRA LOCOMOTIVE INSPECTIONS

FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION (FRA) INSPECTIONS

Inspection guidelines are designed by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) with the purpose of safety and the prevention of accidents.

 

Our inspectors are highly qualified in order to comply with the requirements needed for specific components pertaining to the locomotives we work with.

 

We keep track of when regulations are updated and make sure to comply with their requirements.

Inspections required of us by the FRA focus on five primary areas:

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Locomotive Inspections

92-Day, 368-Day, and Bi-Annual Inspections

Locomotive Wheel Truing

Self-Aligning Coupler Installs

Preventative Maintenance Programs

TRACK

Inspections of the track must be conducted in weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly intervals depending on the type of track. Components like switch and track crossing are inspected to make sure they are within operation.

 

An inspection must be conducted at least once a year with the purpose of finding defects in rails, or within six months of installation of new track.

 

In cases where tracks are involved in occurrences where there is a possibility of damage (e.g., fires, floods, severe storms, and natural disasters), an inspection must be made as soon as possible after the incident.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

This area of inspection is conducted to ensure hazardous materials are being handled and transported safely.

 

Hazardous material defined by the FRA consists of:

 

  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable solids
  • Oxidizers
  • Poisonous materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Corrosive materials

OPERATING PRACTICES

This area of inspection ensures that the guidelines of the Railroad Operating Rules are being followed. These are a set of guidelines that range from proper record keeping to setting employee work hours.

 

All railroads must comply with these guidelines and maintain a current file with the FRA.

SIGNALS AND TRAIN CONTROLS

The purpose of this inspection is to minimize the possibilities of accidents pertaining to safety devices on the locomotive.

 

It is the inspector’s responsibility to find defects and determine the appropriate approach that should be taken in fixing them so that the locomotive can continue to be operated safely.

MOTIVE POWER AND EQUIPMENT

This area covers locomotive inspections and sets up safety standards for proper application of procedures. All important components must be able to pass the minimum requirements in order to continue being operational.

 

These inspections are required to determine whether the locomotives are being repaired and maintained properly in accordance to federal standards.

 

Patterns of defects and failures are oftentimes identified with these inspections, resulting in updating of standards to prevent future mishaps and failures.

 

If you want to take advantage of our high-quality FRA inspections, call us today at (877) 814-0458.