49 CFR 213.63 - Track surface.

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§ 213.63 Track surface.
Each owner of the track to which this part applies shall maintain the surface of its track within the limits prescribed in the following table:
Track surface Class of track
1(inches) 2(inches) 3(inches) 4(inches) 5(inches)
1 Except as limited by § 213.57(a), where the elevation at any point in a curve equals or exceeds 6 inches, the difference in crosslevel within 62 feet between that point and a point with greater elevation may not be more than 11/2 inches. (Footnote 1 is applicable September 21, 1999.)
2 However, to control harmonics on Class 2 through 5 jointed track with staggered joints, the crosslevel differences shall not exceed 11/4 inches in all of six consecutive pairs of joints, as created by 7 low joints. Track with joints staggered less than 10 feet shall not be considered as having staggered joints. Joints within the 7 low joints outside of the regular joint spacing shall not be considered as joints for purposes of this footnote. (Footnote 2 is applicable September 21, 1999.)
The runoff in any 31 feet of rail at the end of a raise may not be more than. 31/2 3 2 11/2 1
The deviation from uniform profile on either rail at the mid-ordinate of a 62-foot chord may not be more than 3 23/4 21/4 2 11/4
The deviation from zero crosslevel at any point on tangent or reverse crosslevel elevation on curves may not be more than 3 2 13/4 11/4 1
The difference in crosslevel between any two points less than 62 feet apart may not be more than* 1,2 3 21/4 2 13/4 11/2
* Where determined by engineering decision prior to the promulgation of this rule, due to physical restrictions on spiral length and operating practices and experience, the variation in crosslevel on spirals per 31 feet may not be more than 2 13/4 11/4 1 3/4
[63 FR 34029, June 22, 1998; 63 FR 45959, Aug. 28, 1998]

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  • 2014-01-29; vol. 79 # 19 - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    1. 79 FR 4634 - Track Safety Standards; Improving Rail Integrity
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  • 2014-01-29; vol. 79 # 19 - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    1. 79 FR 4634 - Track Safety Standards; Improving Rail Integrity
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      DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Federal Railroad Administration
      49 CFR Part 213