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New Canada and US oil railcar standards include designed cars

Employees fill a tank cars with oil at the Musket Windsor Crude Terminal in Windsor, Colorado, in April.
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The U.S. and Canada rolled out new oil railcar standards on Friday that require a new car design to be phased in and introduce more stringent speed limits and enhanced braking for tank cars to reduce damage in derailments.

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Under the regulations, tank cars built after Oct.1 must have thicker hulls, full-height headshields, thermal protection, and improved pressure valves. Existing tank cars must be retrofitted with these components.

The rule requires replacing tank cars known as DOT-111 for crude by rail within three years.