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December 23, 2011 - ASTM WK31185, Practice for Amusement Ride Steam Locomotives, will provide owners and operators of amusement-related steam locomotives with reference for helping maintain, operate, and inspect equipment to promote guest and employee safety. ASTM WK35400, Practice for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks, Devices and Facilities, will apply to design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, and inspection of permanently installed tracks as well as their associated devices and facilities.

Amusement Railway Rides are Subject of Proposed ASTM Standards

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Press release date: December 21, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Many children (and adults) love trains, and now an ASTM subcommittee has turned its attention to trains as well. Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, is working on two proposed standards for amusement railway rides, ASTM WK31185, Practice for Amusement Ride Steam Locomotives, and ASTM WK35400, Practice for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks, Devices and Facilities.

Doug Schmidt, director of attraction maintenance, Busch Gardens Tampa, and an F24 member, says WK31185 will provide owners and operators of amusement-related steam locomotives with a reference that will help them maintain, operate and inspect their equipment to promote guest and employee safety.

According to its proposed scope, ASTM WK35400 will apply "to the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance and inspection of permanently installed amusement railway ride tracks and their associated devices and facilities." Joel Fritsche, executive director, Walt Disney Imagineering, and an F24 member, notes that the proposed standard covers roadway, ties, rail joints, rails, turnouts and related equipment.

All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of WK31185 and WK35400. Amusement park owners who operate railways will be the primary users of the proposed standards, once each has been completed.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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ASTM Committee F24 Next Meeting: Feb. 16-18, 2012, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Technical Contact: (WK31185) Doug Schmidt, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Fla., Phone: 813-987-5458;; (WK35400) Joel Fritsche, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, Calif., Phone: 818-544-6928;

ASTM Staff Contact: Leonard Morrissey, Phone: 610-832-9719; ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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