1 MARCH 2000
8. AMMUNITION TERMINALS.
a. An ammunition terminal should be designed to meet the required shipping volume at the installation.
The terminal may be set up as either a break bulk terminal (paragraph 6) or a container terminal
b. In addition to the usual terminal requirements, the following safety standards must be incorporated
into the design:
(1) Generally, yards will be laid out on a unit car-group basis with each car-group separated by the
applicable above-ground magazine distance.
(2) If the yard is formed by two parallel ladder tracks connected by diagonal spurs, the parallel tracks
and the diagonal spurs will be separated by the applicable above-ground magazine distance for the unit-
group quantities of high explosive.
(3) If the yard is a tree arrangement, consisting of a center ladder track with diagonal dead-end spurs
projecting from each side at alternate intervals, the spurs shall be separated by the applicable above-
ground distance for the net quantity of high explosives in the cars on the spurs.
(4) Railroad yards will be separated from other facilities by the applicable Quantity-Distance
c. The following recommendations also apply to ammunition loading areas:
(1) If loaded ammunition cars will stay in a terminal area for sufficient time, the areas should be
completely fenced, with sally ports across all tracks entering the area, and have locking pedestrian and
vehicular gates. (See paragraph 13.)
(2) The area should be lighted with "parking lot" type lighting.
(3) If guard towers are required, they should be positioned to allow observation of the entire
ammunition loading area.
9. POL TERMINALS.
a. The design of POL handling and storage areas is regulated by Federal, State, and local
environmental protection agencies as well as State and local fire marshal's. These agencies should be
contacted when designing POL facilities so that the appropriate standards can be incorporated into the
b. POL handling and storage areas should be completely fenced, with sally ports across all tracks
entering the area, and have locking pedestrian and vehicular gates (see paragraph 13). These areas
should also be lighted with "parking lot" type lighting.