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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,
RAIL DIVISION

 

DIVISION 310

SIDE CLEARANCES

 

NOTE: The side clearances set forth in these rules are minimum requirements established for employee safety. Nothing in these rules shall prohibit a railroad from requiring greater clearances.

 

741-310-0010

In General

(1) Except as otherwise provided, all side clearance shall be at least 8 feet 6 inches, as measured from centerline of track.

(2) The side clearances set forth in these rules are minimum requirements established for employee safety. Nothing in these rules shall prohibit a railroad from requiring greater clearances.

(3) See Figure 305-1 and Figure 310-1 for diagrams of the minimum side clearances.

[ED. NOTE: Figures referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 823.011 & 824.052
Stats. Implemented: ORS 824.050 & 824.052
Hist.: PUC 13-1981, f. & ef. 12-21-81 (Order No. 81-900); PUC 4-1983, f. & ef. 5-3-83 (Order No. 83-242); RS 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 3-14-96; Renumbered from 860-044-0105; RS 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; RD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-06

 

741-310-0020

Side Clearance for Curved Track

(1) Minimum side clearance for objects adjacent to curved track constructed on or after May 3, 1983, covered by OAR 741-310-0010 through 741-310-0050, shall be increased at the rate of 1/2 inch per degree of curvature above that prescribed for tangent track.

(2) The Department recommends that minimum side clearance for curved tracks, covered by OAR 741-310-0010 through 741-310-0050, be at least 12 inches greater than that prescribed for tangent track.

(3) See Figure 305-1 and Figure 310-1 for diagrams of the minimum side clearances.

[ED. NOTE: Figures referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 823.011 & 824.052
Stats. Implemented: ORS 824.050 & 824.052
Hist.: PUC 13-1981, f. & ef. 12-21-81 (Order No. 81-900); PUC 4-1983, f. & ef. 5-3-83 (Order No. 83-242); PUC 6-1983, f. & ef. 6-13-83 (Order No. 83-313); PUC 4-1990, f. & cert. ef. 4-17-90 (Order No. 90-488); RS 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 3-14-96; Renumbered from 860-044-0106; RS 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; RD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-06

 

741-310-0030

Platforms

(1) Minimum side clearances for platforms as measured from centerline of track shall be: Description -- Minimum Clearance:

(a) Platforms constructed 8 inches or less above top of rail at greatest height -- 4 feet 8 inches;

(b) Platforms constructed in excess of 8 inches but 4 feet or less above top of rail at greatest height -- 7 feet 3 inches;

(c) Platforms constructed prior to January 1, 1982, in excess of 4 feet but 4 feet 6 inches or less above top of rail at greatest height -- 8 feet.

(2) All platforms, except as described in subsection (3)(b) of this rule, shall have a continuous regular surface extending out to a point at least 8 feet 6 inches from centerline of track.

(3)(a) See Figure 310-2 for diagrams of the minimum clearances for platforms.

(b) Platforms described in subsection (1)(a) of this rule may be combined with a platform described in subsection (1)(b) or (c) of this rule, provided the lower platform is level from the clear point (4 feet 8 inches from centerline of track) to track side face of the upper platform. See Figure 305-1 and Figure 310-3.

(c) Platforms described in subsection (1)(a) of this rule may create a walkway condition that requires compliance with OAR 741-320-0070(1).

(d) The Department recommends that platforms described in subsection (1)(b) of this rule, which consists of a cantilever dock or otherwise elevated platform, should have the ends facing approaching train movements, painted with fluorescent paint or reflectorized material to warn train crews of the obstruction.

[ED. NOTE: Figures referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 823.011 & 824.052
Stats. Implemented: ORS 824.050 & 824.052
Hist.: PUC 13-1981, f. & ef. 12-21-81 (Order No. 81-900); PUC 4-1983, f. & ef. 5-3-83 (Order No. 83-242); RS 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 3-14-96; Renumbered from 860-044-0110; RS 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; RD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-06

 

741-310-0040

Bridges and Tunnels

(1) Except as provided in sections (2) and (3) of this rule, side clearance for bridges and tunnels is 8 feet as measured from centerline of track.

(2) Minimum side clearance in tunnels and through bridges may be decreased, above 14 feet 6 inches, to the extent defined by a half-circumference of a circle having a radius of 8 feet with its center at a point 14 feet 6 inches above top of rail directly over the centerline of track. This rule does not alter the 20 feet 9 inches overhead clearance requirement of OAR 741-305-0010.

(3) Except where walkways are used by employees engaged in switching, the minimum side clearance does not apply to the lower section of a bridge so long as no part of the structure falls inside an encroachment line drawn from a point 5 feet from centerline of track and level with top of rail, diagonally upward to a point 8 feet from centerline of track at a height 4 feet above top of rail.

(4) See Figure 310-3 for a diagram of minimum clearances for tunnels and through bridges. See Figure 310-4 for a diagram of minimum clearances for the lower section of bridges.

[ED. NOTE: Figures referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 823.011 & 824.052
Stats. Implemented: ORS 824.050 & 824.052
Hist.: PUC 13-1981, f. & ef. 12-21-81 (Order No. 81-900); PUC 4-1983, f. & ef. 5-3-83 (Order No. 83-242); RS 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 3-14-96; Renumbered from 860-044-0115; RS 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; RD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-06

 

741-310-0050

Miscellaneous Structures

The minimum side clearance for the following structure is: Description -- Minimum Clearance:

(1) Cattle guards and cattle chutes -- OAR 741-310-0040(3) applies.

(2) Refuge platform -- 8 feet (OAR 741-310-0040(3) applies to bracing for platform railing).

(3) Block signals on bridges and trestles -- 8 feet.

(4) Handrails on bridges and trestles 44 inches high or less -- 7 feet 9 inches.

(5) Interlocking mechanisms including all devices at switches used for the control of signals or protective devices at crossings 4 inches high or less above top of rail -- 3 feet from centerline of track or located adjacent to switch stand. Interlocking mechanisms 4 inches high or less above top of rail at power switches and spring switches require no minimum clearance. This section applies only to interlocking mechanisms located at or above top of rail.

(6) Signals, switch stands, and switch housings constructed 3 feet high or less above top of rail -- 6 feet. Power switches require no minimum clearance. This section applies only to signals, switch stands and switch housings which are at or above top of rail.

(7) Engine Service Facilities:

(a) Engine house doors -- 6 feet 3 inches;

(b) Inside engine houses -- 5 feet 5 inches;

(c) Outside engine service facilities -- 6 feet 6 inches;

(d) Oil, sand and/or water columns, used exclusively for engine servicing -- 8 feet.

(8) See Figure 310-5 for a diagram of minimum clearances on miscellaneous structures.

(9) Overhead wires, used to transmit electric energy, and the poles that support them, should have a minimum clearance of not less than that specified by the 2002 edition of the National Electric Safety Code, part 2, "Safety Rules for the Installation and Maintenance of Electric Supply and Communication Lines", Section 23, "Clearances", approved by the American National Standards Institute.

[ED. NOTE: Figures referenced are available from the agency.]

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 823.011 & 824.052
Stats. Implemented: ORS 824.050 & 824.052
Hist.: PUC 13-1981, f. & ef. 12-21-81 (Order No. 81-900); PUC 4-1983, f. & ef. 5-3-83 (Order No. 83-242); PUC 6-1983 f. & ef. 6-13-83 (Order No. 83-313); RS 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 3-14-96; Renumbered from 860-044-0120; RS 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; RD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-06

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