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Motive Power and Equipment Enforcement Manual – Railroad Safety Appliance Standards

Document Series
Compliance Manuals
Office of Railroad Safety
Motive Power and Equipment
Subject Motive Power and Equipment

The purpose of this chapter is to promote safety in every area of railroad operations related to Railroad Safety Appliance Standards and reduce railroad-related accidents and incidents, i.e. handholds, sill steps, grates, walkways, railings, ladders, handbrakes, uncoupling levers, etc.  This chapter prescribes the manner in which Federal and State railroad inspectors shall engage in investigation design monitoring, location, sacrament and inspection of Railroad Safety Appliance Standards to assure railroad compliance with rules, regulations, orders, and standards issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). It is an instrument of program management issued solely for the guidance of FRA and State personnel.

Last updated: Tuesday, January 1, 2002