Hulcher Services performs grain hopper car and tanker railcar purging and cleaning as part of its line of environmental and industrial services.
A tanker railcar or grain hopper car must be purged and cleaned when its contents have become contaminated, if it will be shipped to another location for repairs or if it is going to be scrapped. A good cleaning is necessary to ensure the tanker car is ready for transport, servicing, disposal or continued use.
The purging and cleaning process includes emptying the tanker or hopper car, entering the car and removing residual product, cleaning the car's interior with a pressure washer and removing the rinse water to drums or totes for disposal*. If the tanker or grain hopper railcar is to be scrapped, Hulcher crews typically cut a window in the car's end to confirm it has been cleaned and is ready for disposal.
Unlike many other environmental service providers, Hulcher’s crews are uniquely qualified to perform railcar purging and cleaning in railroad environments. They are certified by all Class I railroads to work and are trained and experienced with performing work at rail yards and along the Right-of-Way.
Hulcher’s environmental professionals are trained and experienced in railcar purging and cleaning services. Railcar purging and cleaning requires confined space entry and Hulcher’s environmental crews have all the permits and certifications, monitors, confined space equipment and safety lines to do this work as well. Hulcher crews are equipped with the PPE necessary for confined space entry, up to and including respirators, goggles and chemical protective clothing, as appropriate for the contents of the car being cleaned.
Hulcher’s fleet of equipment includes hi-rail vacuum trucks. All Hulcher vacuum trucks are equipped with hi-rail gear, allowing them to support projects like railcar purging and cleaning in busy environments like rail yards where off-track access is severely limited. Our fleet also includes the pressure washer, also called the power washer because it is a powerful device for cleaning interior and exterior of the railcars with a jet of water.
Typically, railcar purging and cleaning is a scheduled project; however, this service may be necessary in emergency situations such as derailments. Also, purging and cleaning may be needed for semi trucks' tanker trailers following a truck accident on the road. As a railroad contractor, Hulcher’s Customer Service Center is available 24 / 7 / 365 to take your call and can have a crew on the road within one hour of your call – any time, day or night.
Hulcher’s tanker railcar and grain hopper car purging and cleaning is just one of our industrial services for the railroads and industry. Call 800-637-5471 today to learn more about railcar purging and cleaning and all of Hulcher’s industrial and environmental services.
Photos of Railcar Purging and Cleaning Projects