tank car


Definition of tank car

: a railroad car for transporting liquids or gases in bulk

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The tank car may have held a flammable liquid in it called methyl isobutyl ketone, used as a solvent. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Train derails and catches fire in Illinois, triggering evacuations as smoke is seen for miles," 10 Sep. 2019 Reporters and environmental activists have observed rail cars at the Zenith terminal bearing placards indicating the tank cars were filled with dilbit. oregonlive.com, "Portland oil terminal execs gave mayor’s staff false information," 6 Aug. 2019 And so, every day, the train sets out on a four-hour, 216-kilometer (134-mile) journey, its 50 tank cars carrying 2.5 million liters (660,000 gallons) of water drawn from a dam on the Cauvery River. Washington Post, "Parched manufacturing city in India brings in water by rail," 29 July 2019 Oregon will be able to charge up to $20 on each oil tank car entering Oregon or loaded in the state, plus a small annual fee on railroads’ gross operating revenues in Oregon. oregonlive.com, "Bill requiring safety plans for oil trains in Oregon heads to Gov. Brown," 29 June 2019 The bill allows Oregon to charge up to $20 on each oil tank car entering Oregon or loaded in the state, plus a small annual fee on railroads’ gross operating revenues in Oregon. oregonlive.com, "Years after oil trains arrived, Oregon House passes spill planning bill," 17 June 2019 Since 1965, there have been 11 major tank car breaches among the more than 2 million rail shipments of chlorine. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Houston produces a lot of chlorine so responders need to be prepared," 20 June 2018 Millar blames defective tank cars traveling at high speeds on congested routes, among other issues. Max Kutner, Newsweek, "West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment," 20 Feb. 2015 Unfortunately, very few new tank cars have actually been put into use in recent years, and even cheaper retrofits have been slow. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Great Crude-Oil Fireball Test," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tank car

1862, in the meaning defined above

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