initials and number, whether the car is loaded
or empty, place where car is
inspected and tagged, and the inspector's name.
The inspector then places a
card on each side of the defective car. On a
car having wooden sides, the
cards are attached just below the car number;
if the car has steel sides,
the cards are placed on boards provided for the
Bad Order Card, DA Form 55-164.
If the side of the card used has the large words "Bad Order" appearing
on a black background, this signifies that a loaded car may be moved to a
destination within the local switching district for unloading before repairs
have to be made.
It may also signify that a bad-order empty car can be
moved from one shop or repair point to another for repairs. However, if the
side of the card used has the large words "Bad Order" on a red background,
the car can be moved only to the repair track and repairs must be made
before the car is used again.
Most terminals have both light and heavy
repair tracks. By crossing out one or the other of the words light or heavy
on the card, the inspector shows which repair track the car should be moved
Bad order cards are not removed from a car until repairs have been
completed, and then only by those authorized to remove them. In both CONUS
and theaters of operations, the inspector responsible for the repairs
removes and destroys the cards when he declares the car ready for further
The only periodic inspection of railway cars is made annually.
However, they are also inspected at loading points and upon arrival