tank car


Definition of tank car

: a railroad car for transporting liquids or gases in bulk

Examples of tank car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That work slowed on Friday, when two workers were splashed with cyclohexanone while disconnecting a hose from the tank car. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "After fiery train crash and bridge collapse, crews will take on environmental cleanup," 29 July 2020 The contract workers were both splashed with cyclohexanone while disconnecting a hose from the tank car filled with the chemical, according to Tempe Fire Department Assistant Chief Andrea Glass. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, "Two workers exposed to toxic chemicals at Tempe train derailment site," 29 July 2020 One tank car leaked 500 gallons of the chemical after derailment before officials secured the car Wednesday night, according to Tempe Fire and Medical Chief Greg Ruiz. Chelsea Curtis, USA TODAY, "Arizona bridge partially detonated after train derailment; nearby residents asked to evacuate," 29 July 2020 A decade ago, transporting crude by rail was rare, while stowing oil in a tank car was virtually unheard of. Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg.com, "Overflowing Oil Tanks Have Traders Eyeing Rail Cars for Storage," 7 May 2020 As a result of the derailment, a tank car caught fire. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Train Derailment Causes Massive Fire, Leading to School and Neighborhood Evacuations," 10 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of tank car

1862, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2020

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“Tank car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tank%20car. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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