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34 Pa. Code § 25.14. Clearances for standard gauge tracks.

§ 25.14. Clearances for standard gauge tracks.

 (a)  Minimum side clearance. For standard gauge tracks the minimum side clearance shall, whenever practicable, be as follows:

   (1)  From the gauge line of the nearest rail to loading or unloading docks, walls of depressed tracks and wheelbarrow platforms, 3 feet 4 inches.

   (2)  From the gauge line of the nearest rail to all stock yards, 5 feet on tangent track and 5 feet 6 inches on curve track.

   (3)  From the gauge line of the nearest rail to all other structures not noted in paragraphs (1) and (2), 6 feet.

 (b)  Minimum overhead clearance. For standard gauge tracks the minimum overhead clearance shall, wherever practicable, be as follows:

   (1)  From top of rail to any wire structure, 22 feet.

   (2)  From top of rail to any high tension transmission line, 35 feet.

 (c)  Head tappers. For standard gauge track where it is impossible to have an overhead clearance of 22 feet or more above the top of the rail, suitable head tappers shall be placed at proper distances on each side of the structure.

 (d)  Adjacent tracks. For standard gauge track the minimum distance between nearest gauge lines of adjacent tracks shall be 7 feet 3 1/2 inches.

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