Tank Car Metal Placard Holders: was, General Petroleum Tank Cars - Questions


Guy Wilber
 

Dave Parker Wrote: 

"The requirement for the "drop-in" metal placard holders didn't go into effect until 10-14-1932, although you will seem them on new or refurbished UTLX cars starting in about 1927."

The American Railway Association's Arbitration Committee added the following to the Interchange Rules in 1931 as requested by The Tank Car Committee.  The italicized portion was added in 1932,

1932 Interchange Rule 3, Section (t), Paragraph (9) Tank Cars:  Permanent metal holders designed to provide for secure attachment, easy application, removal, or reversal of the placards prescribed by the Interstate Commerce Commission Regulations for application to tank cars, required on all new cars, on new underframes to which tanks are applied, and to all cars receiving general repairs on or after January 1, 1932, except cars used exclusively for the transportation of non-inflammable, non-corrosive, non-poisonous and non=dangerous commodities for which the I. C. C. Regulations do not require placards.  From Owners. 

In 1937 the rule was moved by the Association of American Railroad's Arbitration Committee to paragraph (10) with the same wording as above.

The Arbitration Committee revised the rule in 1939 requiring all tank cars to be equipped with permanent metal holders except those used exclusively for the transportation of non-inflammable, non-corrosive, non-poisonous, and non-dangerous commodities.  
 
1941 Interchange Rule 3, Section (t), Paragraph (10)  Tank Cars:  Permanent metal holders designed to provide for secure attachment, easy application, removal, or reversal of the placards prescribed by the I.C. C. Regulations for application to tank cars, required on all new cars, on new underframes to which tanks are applied, on all cars receiving general repairs on or after January 1, 1932, and on all cars after January 1, 1943, except cars used exclusively for the transportation of non-inflammable, non-corrosive, non-poisonous and non-dangerous commodities for which the I. C. C. Regulations do not require placards.  From Owners. 
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The date for full compliance was extended (yearly) through to January 1, 1950.  In June of 1949 the Arbitration Committee recommended, "no extension beyond January 1, 1950, be granted in effective date of requirement in Paragraph (t-10) of this rule that all tank cars, except those used for the transportation of non-inflammable, non-corrosive, non poisonous, and non-dangerous commodities be equipped with permanent metal holders for placard prescribed by I. C. C. Regulations, in order to make cars acceptable from owners.  Reason:  This requirement first appeared in the rules on January 1, 1932, and it is felt that sufficient time has elapsed to permit compliance." 

The rule was subsequently simplified and note that "non-inflammable" was changed to "non-flammable". 

1951 Interchange Rule 3, Section (t), Paragraph (10)  Tank Cars:  Permanent metal holders designed to provide for secure attachment, easy application, removal, or reversal of the placards prescribed by the I. C. C. Regulations for application to tank cars, required on all cars, except those used exclusively for the transportation of non-flammable, non-corrosive, non-poisonous and non-dangerous commodities for which the I. C. C. Regulations do not require placards.  From Owners.

The rule remained as shown for 1951 except it was changed back to paragraph (9) in 1958.


Regards,

Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada

 



 
 

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