Use two strands of 3/4-inch (19.1 mm) chain for each stack and chain binders and secure ramp sections to
Safety wire handles of chain binders.
Disconnect batteries and mask exhaust stack ports on locomotive.
Make a final inspection of flatcar and locomotive. Make sure chains, chain binders, stabilizing jacks, and
ramp sections are secure on flatcar. Place unused chains and hardware used with flatcar in stowage
boxes on flatcar.
· Care must be taken when disengaging chain
binders from the portable ramp. The chain
binder may snap open and cause injury or death
· Care must be taken after chains are removed from
portable ramp. Sections may shift and fall,
causing injury or death to personnel.
Unloading shall be done on level straight track.
Before starting unloading procedures, be sure
transporter flatcar is braced and brake is applied to
Remove safety wire, release chain binders and remove chains securing portable ramps. Chains and chain
binders must remain with the flatcar.
Use a suitable lifting device and lift ramp sections from flatcar.
Remove hardware securing sections together. Retain hardware.
A-end of flatcar has stabilizing jacks under the deck.
Select largest section of ramp, use eight 1 X 4-inch (25.4 X 101.6 mm) bolts, and bolt ramp to A-end of
flatcar. Make sure that rails on ramp section aline with rails on flatcar.
Select the next section of ramp and secure to first section. Continue this procedure until all sections are
secured together and create a gradual slope from the bed of the flatcar to the track rails. The ramp will be
approximately 50 feet (15.2 m) long. Ensure that bolt holes are secured and that 5/8 X 2-1/2-inch (15.9 x
63.5 mm) bolts are used to secure ramp.