1 MARCH 2000
Construct an interceptor berm, or other obstacle, in the drainage path to break the force of a
Increase the ballast shoulder in the washout areas to 12 in. This may provide additional
resistance against damage by water that does reach the track.
Any drainage work that may directly disturb the track should be accomplished before track work begins.
3) Internal Rail Defect Inspection
Since no record of internal rail defect inspection exists, and all rail was manufactured before the use of
controlled cooling (1933), an inspection for the presence of internal rail defects should be made over the
entire railroad network.
Rail defect testing is priced per day plus travel costs, rather than by mileage. Phase 1 includes
inspection of all track in the rehabilitation plan. In addition to cost effectiveness, inspection of all
rail as soon as practical will permit an accurate determination of the quantity of rail that requires
4) Replace Defective Rail