Traditionally railway track inspections have been recorded on paper. As technology advances, so does the ability to record track inspections utilizing a paperless system. A paperless system allows for many advantages including rapid report generation and oversight to ensure compliance.
This paper briefly reviews the development and use of the Digital Track Notebook paperless track inspection record keeping system. Detailed in the paper is how the system complies with CFR 213.241 Electronic Record Keeping on items such as amending and data retention. Additionally this paper discusses how the system ensures regulatory compliance with Federal Railroad Administration and Transport Canada rules concerning inspection frequency and modes. Lastly, the paper discusses the deployment of the system in Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).