Canada pushes to improve construction of rail tank cars

Jan 14, 2014 | 11:42 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  steel, Transport Canada, Lisa Raitt, tank car design regulations, Railway Association of Canada, Michael Bourque, Canadian National Railway, government of New Brunswick CN Railway

CHICAGO — The Canadian government has proposed amending regulations for tank car construction following the recent derailment of a Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Railway) freight train carrying propane and crude oil.

The proposed rules, published Jan. 11, would require that new DOT 111 tank cars transporting dangerous goods, such as crude oil, be built with thicker steel and include top-fitting and head shield protection.

The industry is already building new tank cars to this standard, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said, but the proposal "would turn previously agreed to tank car standard requirements into regulations." ....





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