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FRA Tourist Railroad Jurisdiction Information

 

FRA Glazing Waiver Template

 

 

 

  Federal Railroad Administration

 

The Federal Railroad Administration recently implemented new safety glazing standards for railroad passenger cars. In the very near future we will have the Power Point Presentation available for download that was presented to the membership at the 2010 Conference. We also expect to be able to provide the process of how to apply for a waiver , you can review some of the required information needed for waivers and the FRA's definitions of "Historic" and "Antiquated" equipment by clicking here. To browse the Code of Federal Regulations click here. To browse the FRA Motive Power & Equipment Compliance Manual click here. To view Title 49 CFR Part 223 on Safety Glazing click here

 

Glazing Requirements Summery:

 

  Definitions

Historical equipment ”refers to locomotives, passenger coaches or cabooses which have historical significance
Antiquated equipment” - In general, the FRA Railroad Safety Board considers passenger cars built prior to the end of  World War II (1945 or earlier) to be antiquated
Excursion” means an operation which transports passengers to one or more points of interest and returns them to the original point of departure

 

  • If passenger equipment was built post 1945 you have the following options:
    A. Bring equipment into glazing compliance with
    applicable requirements of the CFR
    B. Apply to the FRA's Railroad Safety Board for a waiver of
    each peice of non compliant equipment.
    C. Remove the equipment from service.
     

  • If a private passenger car is used for private transportation purposes Title 49 CFR Part 223 does NOT apply

  • If a private passenger car is used for Tourist/Excursion purposes and was built before January 1, 1946, Title 49 CFR Part 233 does NOT apply.

  • If a private passenger car is used for Tourist/Excursion purposes and was built after January 1, 1946, Title 49 CFR Part 233 DOES apply.
     

  • If the requirements of 49 CFR part 223 apply to your car then it shall be equipped with certified glazing in all windows and a minimum of four emergency windows after June 30, 1984.FRA Type I Forward/Rearward Facing, FRA Type II Side Facing
    In the event of vandalism, the damaged glazing must be replaced with compliant material
     

  • If your private car is used in tourist/excursion service on a rare occasion, and FRA considers it to be “non-compliant”, you may apply to FRA for permission to operate the car under specified safety conditions:
    The request letter must be sent to FRA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC Not the Regional Office
    FRA will conduct a safety inspection of the equipment. If FRA’s Office of Safety chooses to exercise “one-time” Enforcement Discretion, you will receive a letter with specified safety conditions that must be forwarded to the railroads handling the equipment

  • If your private car is used in tourist/excursion service frequently, and FRA considers it to be “non-compliant”, you may apply to FRA for a waiver to operate the car under specified safety conditions:
    The request letter must be sent to FRA’s Docket Clerk at Headquarters in Washington, DC
    Not the Regional Office
    FRA will conduct a safety inspection of the equipment
    If FRA’s Railroad Safety Board grants your waiver
    petition, you will receive an approval letter with
    specified safety conditions that must be forwarded to
    the railroads handling the equipment, and a time limit
    for the waiver
    Typically five years with an option for renewal

 

 

  • Waiver Request Mailing Address:
    Docket Clerk
    Federal Railroad Administration
    1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
    Washington, DC 20590

 

  • Enforcement Discretion Letter:
    Mr. Edward W. Pritchard
    Director, Office of Safety
    Assurance & Compliance
    Federal Railroad Administration
    Mail Stop 25
    1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
    Washington, DC 20590