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The Sheldon manufacturing plant is located in Houston Texas and is responsible for several UTLX innovations, a couple of which are outlined below.
Increased Safety for Brakemen and Loaders
Union Tank Car Company's engineering team took on the challenge to innovate a new end platform design that complies with all existing regulations, incorporates a new set of industry standards, and will perform safely in the dynamic rail operating environment.
The end platform fits neatly within the proposed safety appliance requirements for freight cars, standard S-2O44. The design provides a lower bottom step and adds an intermediate step. Three steps make the climb much more manageable - with the bottom step 17" or less from the top of the rail. The upper steps are reduced to less than 15", each. And, the innovative platform is narrowed enough that the steps don't hang back under the platform. Up and down, the improved arrangement is easier to use.
Providing the safety clincher is a corner stanchion that gives secure attachment for a second vertical grab iron. The freight conductor can now use both hands in climbing to the end platform. Easier and safer makes this UTLX rendition a winner.