Appendix 2 – Transport Canada Job Aids

These job aids are not part of these present Rules. They are indicated for guidance only

Track Inspection

Visual

Designated Minimum Visual Track Inspection Frequency Table

      This table has five columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3 and 4 list the designated minimum visual track inspection frequency for track where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT; and column 5 list the minimum visual track inspection frequency for track carrying passenger traffic; for each classes of track.
Class of Track No passenger Traffic Passenger Traffic
Annual Tonnage (MGT) Any Tonnage
< 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT > 15 MGT
Class 1 Monthly Twice Monthly Weekly Weekly (1)
Class 2 Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly(2)
Class 3 Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly (2)
Class 4 Twice Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly
Class 5 Twice Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly Twice Weekly

(1) In the case of Class 1 track where passenger trains are operated, track must be inspected weekly or before use of passenger traffic if the track is used less than once per week.

(2) In the case of Class 2 and 3 track, where passenger trains are operated, track must be inspected at least twice weekly or before use of the passenger traffic.

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, sections 1.4 and 2.4

Walking

Designated Minimum Walking Track Inspection Frequency Tables

Jointed Track Territory without Electronic Joint Bars Inspection

      This table has five columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3, 4 and 5 list the designated minimum walking track inspection frequency in jointed track territory without electronic joint bars inspection where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; for each classes of track.
Class of Track Annual Tonnage (MGT)
< 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT 15 – 35 MGT >35 MGT
Class 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Class 2 Every 3rd year Every 3rd year Every 2nd year Annually
Class 3 Every 2nd year Every 2nd year Annually Annually
Class 4 Annually Annually Annually Annually
Class 5 Annually Annually Annually Annually

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, sections 1.4 and 2.5

Jointed Track Territory with Electronic Joint Bars Inspection

      This table has six columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3, 4 and 5 list the designated minimum walking track inspection frequency for curves of 4 degree and greater for track in jointed track territory with electronic joint bars inspection where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; column 6 lists the designated minimum walking track inspection frequency for tangent and curves of less than 4 degree for jointed track territory with electronic joint bars inspection; for each classes of track.
Class of Track Jointed Track Territory with Electronic Joint Bars Inspection Tangent & curves < 4 degrees
Annual Tonnage (MGT) Any Tonnage
< 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT 15 – 35 MGT >35 MGT
Class 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Class 2 Every 3rd year Every 3rd year Every 2nd year Annually N/A
Class 3 Every 2nd year Every 2nd year Annually Annually N/A
Class 4 Annually Annually Annually Annually N/A
Class 5 Annually Annually Annually Annually N/A

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, sections 1.4 and 2.5

Concrete Ties Territory

      This table has six columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2 lists the designated minimum walking track inspection frequency for curves of 4 degree and greater for concrete tie track territory where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; column 6 lists the designated minimum walking track inspection frequency for tangent and curves of less than 4 degree in concrete tie track territory; for each classes of track.
Class of Track Concrete tie track of Curvature 4 degree and greater Tangent & curves < 4 degrees
Annual Tonnage (MGT) Any Tonnage
< 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT 15 – 35 MGT >35 MGT
Class 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Class 2 Every 3rd year Every 3rd year Every 2nd year Annually N/A
Class 3 Every 2nd year Every 2nd year Annually Annually N/A
Class 4 Annually Annually Annually Annually N/A
Class 5 Annually Annually Annually Annually N/A

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, sections 1.4 and 2.5

Geometry

Designated Minimum Electronic Track Geometry Inspection Frequency Tables

Minimum Annual Frequency Requirements with Heavy Geometry Inspection Vehicle (HGIV)

      This table has five columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3, 4 and 5 list the designated minimum annual electronic geometry inspection frequency with a Heavy Geometry Inspection Vehicle (HGIV) for track where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; for each classes of track.
Class of Track < 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT 15 - 35 MGT > 35 MGT
Class 1 N/A Annually Annually Annually
Class 2 Annually Annually Twice annually Twice annually
Class 3 Annually Annually Twice annually Twice annually
Class 4 Twice annually Twice annually Twice annually Twice annually
Class 5 Twice annually Twice annually Twice annually Three times annually
Crossovers* Annually Annually Annually Annually

*Track geometry inspection is not required on crossovers where track speed is 30 mph or less.
Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 1.4 and 4

Minimum Annual Frequency Requirements with Light Geometry Inspection Vehicle (LGIV)

      This table has five columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3, 4 and 5 list the designated minimum annual electronic geometry inspection frequency with a Light Geometry Inspection Vehicle (LGIV) for track where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; for each classes of track.
Class of Track < 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT 15 - 35 MGT > 35 MGT
Class 1 N/A Twice annually Three times annually Three times annually
Class 2 Twice annually Three times annually Three times annually Quarterly
Crossovers* Twice annually Twice annually Twice annually Twice annually

*Track geometry inspection is not required on crossovers where track speed is 30 mph or less.
Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 1.4 and 4

Rail Flaw

Designated Minimum Rail Flaw Track Inspection Frequency Tables

Less than 5 MGT Annually

      This table has five columns. Column one lists the class of track while column 2, list the designated minimum annual rail flaw inspection frequency for track where annual tonnage in less than 5 million gross tons (MGT) as a general situation; column 3 lists the designated minimum annual rail flaw inspection frequency for track where annual tonnage in less than 5 MGT with passenger traffic; column 4 lists the designated minimum annual rail flaw inspection frequency for track where annual tonnage is equal or more than 3 MGT but less or equal to 5 MGT with less than 100 lbs rail weight and authorized car loading 263,000 lbs or greater; and column 5 lists the designated minimum annual rail flaw inspection frequency for track where annual tonnage is less than 5 MGT with 100 lbs rail weight and authorized car loading 286,000 lbs or greater; for each classes of track.
Class of Track < 5 MGT Particulars for < 5 MGT
General except Particulars Passenger Traffic Rail < 100 lbs & Car loading ≥ 263,000 lbs Rail = 100 lbs & Car loading ≥ 286,000 lbs
< 5 MGT < 5 MGT 3 - 5 MGT < 5 MGT
Class 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Class 2 Once every 2 years Annually Annually Once every 2 years
Class 3 Annually Annually Annually Annually
Class 4 Annually Annually Annually Twice annually
Class 5 Annually Annually Annually Twice annually

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 5.2 a), 5.2 b), 5.2 c), 5.3 and 5.4

Equal and More than 5 MGT Annually

      This table has four columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3 and 4 list the designated minimum rail flaw inspection frequency for track where annual tonnage is: equal or more than 5 million gross tons (MGT) but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; for each classes of track.
Class of Track 5 – 15 MGT 15 – 35 MGT >35 MGT
Class 1 N/A N/A N/A
Class 2 Annually Annually Twice annually
Class 3 Annually Annually Twice annually
Class 4 Twice annually Three times annually Four times Annually
Class 5 Twice annually Three times annually Four times Annually

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 5.2 a) and 5.2 c)

Rail in sidings and crossovers, where track speed is 25 mph or greater

      This table has two columns. Column one lists the type of track while column 2 lists the designated minimum rail flaw inspection frequency for each track.
Track Any Tonnage
Sidings where speed ≥ 25 mph Annually
Crossovers where speed ≥ 25 mph Annually

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Section 5.5

Interval of Days for Rail Flaw Inspections

The maximum interval of days following the previous Rail Flaw Inspections is defined as follows:

Annually: the maximum number of days between inspections is 500.

Twice Annually: the maximum number of days between inspections is 300.

Three times annually: the maximum number of days between inspections is 250.

Four times Annually: the maximum number of days between inspections is 200.

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Section 5.2 c)

Turnout and Special Trackwork Inspection

Walking

Designated Minimum Walking Turnout and Special Trackwork Inspection Frequency Table

Annual Tonnage (MGT)

      This table has five columns. Column one lists the class of track while columns 2, 3, 4 and 5 list the designated minimum walking turnout and special trackwork inspection frequency where annual tonnage is: less than 5 million gross tons (MGT); equal or more than 5 MGT but less or equal to 15 MGT; more than 15 MGT but less or equal to 35 MGT; more than 35 MGT; for each classes of track.
Class of Track < 5 MGT 5 – 15 MGT 15 – 35 MGT > 35 MGT
1 Quarterly Monthly Monthly Monthly
2 Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly
3 Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly
4 Monthly Monthly Monthly Twice Monthly
5 Monthly Monthly Monthly Twice Monthly

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Section 3.3

Detailed

Detailed Turnout and Special Trackwork Inspection Frequency Table

      This table has two columns. Column one lists the class of track while column 2 lists the designated minimum detailed turnout and special trackwork inspection frequency for each classes of track.
Class of Track Detailed Turnout and Special Trackwork Inspection Frequency
1 to 5 Annually

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Section 3.4 b)

Yard Track Inspection

Visual

Designated Minimum Visual Yard Track Inspection Frequency Table

Minimum Visual Yard Track Inspection Frequency

      This table has four columns. Column one lists the unclassified yard track, while column 2 lists designated minimum visual inspection frequency for an unclassified yard track, column 3 lists the category of a classified yard track and column 4 lists the designated minimum visual inspection frequency for each category of classified yard track.
Unclassified Yard Classified Yard
Yard Track Inspection Frequency Category of Yard Track Inspection Frequency
All Non Main Line Track Monthly Category 1 Twice monthly
Category 2 Monthly
Category 3 Quarterly
Category 4 Twice annually

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 6.2 a) and 6.2 b)

Geometry

Designated Minimum Electronic Yard Track Geometry Inspection Frequency Table

Minimum Electronic Yard Track Geometry Inspection Frequency with Light Geometry Inspection Vehicle (LGIV)

      This table has four columns. Column one lists the unclassified yard track, while column 2 lists the designated minimum electronic yard track geometry inspection frequency with a Light Geometry Inspection Vehicle (LGIV) for an unclassified yard track, column 3 lists the category of a classified yard track and column 4 lists the designated minimum electronic yard track geometry inspection frequency with a Light Geometry Inspection Vehicle (LGIV) for each category of classified yard track.
Unclassified Yard Classified Yard
Yard Track Inspection Frequency Category of Yard Track Inspection Frequency
All Non Main Line Track N/A Category 1 Annually
Category 2 N/A
Category 3 N/A
Category 4 N/A

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Section 8

Rail Flaw

Designated Minimum Rail Flaw Yard Track Inspection Frequency Table

Minimum Rail Flaw Yard Track Inspection Frequency

      This table has four columns. Column one lists the unclassified yard track, while column 2 lists the designated minimum rail flaw yard track inspection frequency, column 3 lists the category of a classified yard track and column 4 lists the designated minimum rail flaw yard track inspection frequency for each category of classified yard track.
Unclassified Yard Classified Yard
Yard Track Inspection Frequency Category of Yard Track Inspection Frequency
All Non Main Line Track N/A Category 1 Annually
Category 2 : Leads & Rail < 100 lb Annually
Category 2 : Others N/A
Category 4 N/A
Category 4 N/A

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Section 9

Yard Turnout

Walking

Designated Minimum Walking Yard Turnout Inspection Frequency Table

Minimum Walking Yard Turnout Inspection Frequency

      This table has four columns. Column one lists the unclassified yard track, while column 2 lists designated minimum walking yard turnout inspection frequency for an unclassified yard track, column 3 lists the category of a classified yard track and column 4 lists the designated minimum walking yard turnout inspection frequency for each category of classified yard track.
Unclassified Yard Classified Yard
Yard Track Inspection Frequency Category of Yard Track Inspection Frequency
All Non Main Line Track Monthly Category 1 Twice Monthly
Category 2 Monthly
Category 3 Monthly
Category 4 Quarterly

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 3.3 and 7.1

Detailed

Designated Minimum Detailed Yard Turnout Inspection Frequency Table

Minimum Detailed Yard Turnout Inspection Frequency

      This table has four columns. Column one lists the unclassified yard track, while column 2 lists designated minimum detailed yard turnout inspection frequency for an unclassified yard track, column 3 lists the category of a classified yard track and column 4 lists the designated minimum detailed yard turnout inspection frequency for each category of classified yard track.
Unclassified Yard Classified Yard
Yard Track Inspection Frequency Category of Yard Track Inspection Frequency
All Non Main Line Track Annually Category 1 Annually
Category 2 N/A
Category 3 N/A
Category 4 N/A

Ref.: Part II, Subpart F, Sections 3.4 b) and 7.2

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