Tank Car Placards

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by dean, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. dean

    dean New Member

    I am looking for information on what placards are placed on tank cars specifically those carrying Corn Syrup. I have a bunch of cars done in ADM etc, that I want to add the DoT placards. Any thoughts or where this information can be found?

    I know that MicroScale Decals makes a set for these placards but I am looking for information on which ones apply to which car and commodity.
  2. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    I just did a google search but didn't turn anything up that would be of much immediate help. However, I'm wondering if some decal sets for corn syrup tank cars might include placard decals too?
  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I could be wrong because my Hazmat traing is several years old and things do change, but placards are only placed on loads of hazardous materials like gasoline, chlorine, rat poison, you know, hazardous materials. Things like paper, corn syrup, toothpaste, beer, and sand are not hazardous and the placard stand, if there is one, is left empty (blank). Fred
  4. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    Fred, corn syrup could be hazardous if you fell into a tank car-full .

    :eek: :D ;)

  5. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member


    I got my 40 Osha training in 1988 and maintained my 8 hour refresher courses yearly until I switched to an IT career path. I'm rusty on those too.
  6. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    That would be my understanding as well - the cars would have "CORN SYRUP" written on the side (at least the ones I've seen), but would NOT need a placard as it is not hazardous material.

    (( In fact, I have a list of all the placard numbers and corn syrup of course isn't in there ))
  7. dean

    dean New Member

    I know that the placards are regulated by DoT and have different number codes and colors for various materials/commodities that are being transported. There are even ones for intert materials being carried so if an event occurs where spillage occurs the response teams know what the commodity is. This was something we learned from being a volunteer firefighter years ago, to know and recognize hazmat logos. I just wasn't sure if there was one for corn syrup. If not, then no problem

    Thanks for all the help and replies.
  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I looked it up and corn syrup is hazMat rated B-6, so no placard is used. Fred
  9. Benny

    Benny Member

    It Could be Hazardous waste being transported in a Cornsyrup car...you know, general people cannot read the hazmat logos, and they move too fast to hold attention for long, so they p[ut the words "cornsyrup" on the side, and at worst, some hazmat official sees it and laughs at the joke of "hazardous corn syrup"...
  10. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Actually they wouldn't laugh Benny, food use tank cars aren't allowed to haul anything else. They are dedicated to (example) corn syrup only and are returned empty. And they would never put food in a tank that had hazmat in it. Fred
  11. Benny

    Benny Member

    Precisely. The Public, who know nothing of Hazmat labels in connection with Cornsyrup, would have no idea othe then that perhaps now cornsyrup, which the paint on the side of the cars reports, is now hauled under hazmat tags.

    At the same time, those that know anything would know that this train is not cornsyrup, and the lisitning in any roster declarations would probably have this train as very high priority and the cars owned by someone like the government, the military, or any other highly sensitive operation...Xfiles, anyone? ;)

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