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I think our state should have a qualified railroad inspector to inspect railroad employees, equipment, and track so as make sure the carriers are in compliance with CFR 49.
 
The Federal Railroad Administration doesn't have the manpower to effectively do this function by itself. The number of railcars handled today by America's Class 1 carriers is way over what their physical plant can handle.
 
23 of 50 states have state inspectors to assist the FRA. Arkansas should also.                                                       

Scott Thomas
Arkadelphia, AR