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ASTM Amusement Park Rail Tracks Standard promotes safe practices.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 28, 2014 - ASTM F2960, Practice for Permanent Amusement Railway Ride Tracks and Related Devices applies to design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, and inspection of permanent amusement railway rides with gage 12 in. or greater. Used to ensure tracks are built soundly, standard offers detailed written instructions, accompanied by >20 illustrations, covering all major aspects of such rides. Included annex covers rail defects, operating restrictions, and remedial action.

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Original Press Release

Improving Safety on Amusement Park Rail Tracks Thanks to New ASTM Standard

Press release date: Nov 13, 2014

Many people love riding on a train, even if it’s a miniature scale ride at an amusement park. A new ASTM International standard will ensure that the tracks for such rides are built soundly.

The new standard is ASTM F2960, Practice for Permanent Amusement Railway Ride Tracks and Related Devices. It applies to the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance and inspection of permanent amusement railway rides with gage 12 in. (305 mm) or greater.

“The main users of F2960 will be designers, builders and operators of amusement railways,” says ASTM member Joel Fritsche, executive director, Walt Disney Imagineering.

ASTM F2960 offers detailed written instructions, accompanied by more than 20 illustrations, covering all major aspects of amusement railway rides. In addition to the body of the standard, F2960 features an annex on rail defects, operating restrictions and remedial action for standard gauge, as well as extensive appendices on good practices and inspections.

Track covered by ASTM F2960 does not fall within the scope of the primary ASTM amusement standard, ASTM F2291, Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices.

Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions developed ASTM F2960. The subcommittee, part of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, welcomes all interested parties to participate in its standards developing activities.

Fritsche notes that those knowledgeable in locomotive boiler design, inspection and certification are especially encouraged to join F24.60, as it is developing a proposed new standard WK31185, Practice for Amusement Steam Ride Locomotives.

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ASTM Committee F24 Next Meeting: Feb. 1114, 2015, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Technical Contact: Joel Fritsche, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, Calif., tel +1.808.544.6928; joel.l.fritsche@disney.com

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