Re: Tank Car Positioned Next To Locomotive


Richard Hendrickson
 

On Jun 10, 2013, at 2:10 PM, "Bob Chaparro" <thecitrusbelt@yahoo.com> wrote:

I cannot quite make out the reporting marks on the car behind the locomotive on this photo link

http://www.atsfrr.com/resources/Sandifer/FT/Photos/A-BHelperWLight-footboards-rear.jpg

but the car is a tank car.

Can anyone tell if this tank car might be carrying a cargo that would be prohibited from being located next to a locomotive in a train?

Bob, I have a much better print of that photo and the tank car is SDRX 122, an 8,000 gal. three compartment car built by the Standard Tank Car Co. and owned by the Sinclair Refining Co. Since Sinclair was exclusively in the "awl" business, as they say in Texas, the car was doubtless intended to carry petroleum products. However, note that there are no placards in the placard holders, as there would have been if the car were loaded or if it still contained flammable vapors from a previous load. So the rule about not placing tank cars adjacent to locomotives would not have applied in this case.

Richard Hendrickson

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