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RE: Question regarding Railroad Bridge Design

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Yes, the major rail carriers (UPRR and BNSF) will review design and
construction of any bridge before they will operate on the track.
Therefore, it is best to get them involved early so that there will not be
problems at the end.  They typically assign an engineer from the bridge
section to provide review and feedback during design and construction.  They
will also provide a final inspection before they operate on the tracks.  

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Bill Polhemus [SMTP:polhemus(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Wednesday, October 28, 1998 7:09 AM
> To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject:	Question regarding Railroad Bridge Design
> I've got a railroad bridge over a river to design, and have little
> experience in procedural matters in re.
> For example:  The bridge and the track itself will be owned and operated
> by a private (actually, quasi-public) entity, but will of course be used
> by equipment from various and sundry rail companies (primarily Union
> Pacific, I think).
> We have a copy of UP's design guides, and their requirements seem to be
> fairly explicit, and fairly strict.
> What is the role of the rail company in reviewing design of such a bridge?
> Is there a need to have UP and any other company that might run their
> stock across this bridge, review the design thereof?
> I'd like some input from anyone who's trod this (rail)road before!