MM3671, Lesson 1
INSPECTING A RAILCAR
As an ammunition inspector, you may be responsible for inspecting railcars before and after they are loaded with
munitions. To do so, you must know what makes a railcar serviceable or unserviceable. You must also be able
to select the right explosives placards, post them, and complete a Car Certificate and a Railcar Inspection Report.
Task. This lesson is based on the following task from soldier's manual STP 9-55X34-SM-TG: 093-404-3123,
Inspect a Railcar.
Objectives. When you have completed this lesson, you should be able to describe the acceptance and rejection
criteria for railcars used to transport munitions, to select the proper placards and post them, and to fill out the
forms used to verify your inspection.
Conditions. You will have this subcourse book and work without supervision.
Standards. You must score at least 70 on the end-of-subcourse examination.
INSPECTING AN UNLOADED RAILCAR
An ammunition inspector must inspect the interior and exterior of any railcar that will be used to transport
ammunition. The inspection is made using a locally produced form called the Railcar Inspection Report to record
inspection results. An example of such a form is shown in figure 1-1. This example will be used throughout this
lesson. Refer to it as you make an item-by-item inspection.
Item 1. If the railcar is to carry Class A munitions, it must have a Car Certificate (figure 1-2) attached to each of
its doors. The Car Certificate is required by the Tariff No. (Bureau of Explosives) BOE-6000, commonly known as
BOE-6000. The carrier prepares three copies and keeps one. The carrier must sign the first part of the
certificate. Check the SAT column on the Report if this condition has been met. Check the UNSAT column if it
has not been met. If no certificate is required (Class B or C munitions), make a notation to that effect in the
Item 2. Do not post placards on empty railcars. If there are no placards on the unloaded railcar, check SAT and
print "unloaded railcar" in the Remarks column.
Item 3. Inspect the hand brake system to be sure it works properly and that there is no excess oil or grease. If
there is too much oil or grease, have it removed before the car is used. Apply the brakes, release them, then
apply them again. The brakes should lock the wheels in place. You will check this when you make your outside