Railroad Tank Car Trainer

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”

This Chinese proverb  probably is one of the best ways to explain how adults learn. Although a well-prepared PowerPoint presentation can convey information, nothing drives home training like the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned.

At Hydro-Klean, we’ve continued to build upon an array of hands-on training methods that involve our employees. This helps them master the correct and safe manner to operate equipment, practice techniques and demonstrate their knowledge.

Simulating Real-life Situations
The newest addition to Hydro-Klean’s training grounds, is a one-third-scale railroad tank car, #HKMX 052576, based on a DOT 111A general service tank, like those used every day to transport ethanol across the country. In order to familiarize students with the different fittings on a railcar, it is also equipped with a vacuum relief valve, rupture disc device, pressure relief valve for hydrochloric acid service cars and a bottom outlet valve. Tank bulkheads allow separate sections to be filled with water or air to simulate leaks and test the skills of would-be responders.

Takeout Training
Prepared for almost anything in addition to the specific features of the railcar, we can demonstrate proper grounding and bonding techniques for tank transfers and confined space entry procedures. Although life-sized demonstrations are always better, the scaled-down version lends itself well to mobile applications. Its size allows us to take the training to other facilities and educational events.

Coupled with Hydro-Klean’s HOT (Hands-On Training) Box, which provides vertical/horizontal confined space entries, lock-out/tag-out, fall protection and emergency response spill cleanup, we can offer students a variety of real world scenarios. We extend our special thanks to all the vendors who made this project possible: Aspen Equipment, Ankeny, IA; Graphics, Carlisle, IA; Gopher State Scrap, Des Moines, IA; Majestic Truck Services, Altoona, IA; and Midland Manufacturing, Skokie, IL.

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