tank car

noun

Definition of tank car 

: a railroad car for transporting liquids or gases in bulk

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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 The bulk of the fleet carrying flammable liquids are the same old tank cars that were identified as part of the problem in previous accidents. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Great Crude-Oil Fireball Test," 5 Feb. 2018 The Virginia accident involved the same type of tank car and the same transport company, CSX, involved in this week’s West Virginia derailment. Max Kutner, Newsweek, "West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment," 20 Feb. 2015 The Holiday Express, decorated from tank car to caboose in twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, and toy trains, comes complete with Santa and a few elves. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "The Holiday Express is about to roll into Union Station. Here are the visiting hours," 14 Dec. 2017 Rail remains vulnerable to track wear and defects and single-walled tank cars that can be punctured in a crash. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Experts urge railroads to improve tracks, tank cars for hazardous fuel shipments," 11 Oct. 2017 More frequent inspections are needed to prevent potentially catastrophic derailments of trains hauling oil and ethanol in which ruptured tank cars can produce giant fireballs, the scientific organization said in a report this month. Jeff Martin, USA TODAY, "Railroad sues over millions of rail ties it calls defective," 30 Oct. 2017

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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