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33.1.    Definitions.

§ 33.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Blind car—A railroad car attached behind the caboose of a freight train or at the rear end of a passenger train upon which a member of the crew cannot ride in order to properly protect the rear of the train in the event of an emergency.

   Bureau—The Bureau of Technical Utility Services of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

   Cabin cars—Cabooses provided for the use of railroad employees, excluding protection cars.

   Carrier—Any railroad, railway company or corporation subject to Commission jurisdiction, which operates in this Commonwealth.

   Chemical closet—A type of closet, the contents of which are brought into contact with chemicals.

   Closet compartment—An enclosure in a toilet room surrounding an individual water closet. To constitute an enclosure, there must be a swinging door equipped with an internal latch.

   Department—The Department of Transportation of the Commonwealth.

   Height of a freight car—The distance between the top of the rail and the top of the running board.

   Locomotive—A unit propelled by any form of energy or a combination of such units operated from a single control used in train or yard service. Does not include steam locomotives used for special excursions only.

   Main track—A designated track upon which trains are operated by timetable, train order, or both, or the use of which is governed by block signals.

   Overhead clearance—The vertical distance from the top of the highest rail to any structure or obstruction there above.

   Protection cars—Closed rider or space cars commonly provided for the use of train crews involved in the transportation of molten metals or other hot material by industrial common carrier railroads.

   Refrigerators—Techanical cooling devices, including ice boxes and ice chests, provided with adequate ice and draining systems.

   Shower bath—A facility used for washing the body under a spray of water.

   Side clearance—The shortest distance from the center line of a track to a structure or obstruction at the side of such track.

   Side of a freight car—The part or appurtenance of a car at the maximum distance measured at right angles from the center line of such car.

   Street railway—Every railroad and railway, or extension, and all the facilities thereof, by whatever power operated, for public use in the conveyance of passengers or property, located mainly or in part upon, above, below, through, or along any highway in any city, borough, or town, and not constituting or used as part of a trunk line railroad system.

   Wash basin or bowl—A basin or bowl used for the purpose of obtaining personal cleanliness.

   Water closet—A sanitary facility for defecation, equipped with a hopper or trap and a device for flushing the bowl with water.

   Width of a freight car—Twice the distance from the center line of car to the side of the car.


   The provisions of this §  33.1 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 1501 and Chapter 27.


   The provisions of this §  33.1 amended November 29, 2002, effective November 30, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 5888; amended May 24, 2013, effective May 25, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 2820. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (293975) to (293976).

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