Appendix 2 – Transport Canada Job Aids
Rules Respecting Track Safety (TC E-54)
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
Class of Track | No passenger Traffic | Passenger Traffic | ||
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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. |
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(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
Class of Track | Annual Tonnage (MGT) | |||
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< 5 MGT | 5 – 15 MGT | 15 – 35 MGT | >35 MGT | |
Class 1 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |
Class 2 | Every 3^{rd} year | Every 3^{rd} year | Every 2^{nd} year | Annually |
Class 3 | Every 2^{nd} year | Every 2^{nd} 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
Class of Track | Jointed Track Territory with Electronic Joint Bars Inspection | Tangent & curves < 4 degrees | |||
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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 3^{rd} year | Every 3^{rd} year | Every 2^{nd} year | Annually | N/A |
Class 3 | Every 2^{nd} year | Every 2^{nd} 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
Class of Track | Concrete tie track of Curvature 4 degree and greater | Tangent & curves < 4 degrees | |||
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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 3^{rd} year | Every 3^{rd} year | Every 2^{nd} year | Annually | N/A |
Class 3 | Every 2^{nd} year | Every 2^{nd} 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)
Class of Track | < 5 MGT | 5 – 15 MGT | 15 - 35 MGT | > 35 MGT |
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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)
Class of Track | < 5 MGT | 5 – 15 MGT | 15 - 35 MGT | > 35 MGT |
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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
Class of Track | < 5 MGT | Particulars for < 5 MGT | ||
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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
Class of Track | 5 – 15 MGT | 15 – 35 MGT | >35 MGT |
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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
Track | Any Tonnage |
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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)
Class of Track | < 5 MGT | 5 – 15 MGT | 15 – 35 MGT | > 35 MGT |
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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
Class of Track | Detailed Turnout and Special Trackwork Inspection Frequency |
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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
Unclassified Yard | Classified Yard | ||
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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)
Unclassified Yard | Classified Yard | ||
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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
Unclassified Yard | Classified Yard | ||
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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
Unclassified Yard | Classified Yard | ||
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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
Unclassified Yard | Classified Yard | ||
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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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