Figure 7.2. Safety Appliances on Tank Car.
A continuous safety railing of not less than 3/4-inch iron should run around the sides and ends of the tank
at a height of not less than 30 and not more than 60 inches above the platform. It should be securely fastened to
the tank at the ends and along the sides. If the railing does not extend around the ends of the tank, it must
extend down the entire length on both sides and be fastened to upright corner posts. This kind of railing
requires an end handhold on each end of the tank that must extend to within 6 inches of the outer sides of the
7.6. TANK CAR WITHOUT SIDE SILLS
Tank cars constructed either without side sills on the underframe or with short side sills and end platforms
must have one continuous running board around the sides and ends, or one running board extending the full
length of the tank on each side. The minimum width of this running board on the sides is 10 inches, and on the
ends 6 inches. Figure 7.3 shows side and end running boards.
These cars must have sill steps located at each end on each side under the side handhold. The outside edge
of the tread of this step is not more than 4 inches inside the face of the side of the car and preferably flush with
the side of the car. The tread is not more than 24 inches above the top of the rail.
Tank cars with short side sills must have side handholds located on the faces of each side sill near each
end. On tank cars without any side sill, the side handholds are attached to the running boards projecting
outward above the sill steps or ladders. If side