T M 5 5 - 2 4 2 0 - 2 2 4 - 1 4
Table 7-3 Continued
Wire rope (safety cable), 1/2-inch (about 18 feet). Run wire rope (safety cable) around left
and right outriggers on rear crane implement, forming a loop. Secure with two 1/2-inch
clamps. Wire rope (safety cable) shall be taut but not tight.
Clamps, 1/2-inch. Place two on wire rope at the overlap area, and space 3 inches apart,
with a minimum of 6 inches from ends of cable, and tighten.
Blocking. Each to consist of one piece, 2- x 6- x 48-inch lumber. Raise front forklift
tines and place one piece laterally across both rub rails and lower tines on top of
blocking and secure blocking to tines with wire.
1. Shippers should specify cars equipped with tiedown devices in the quantity shown in table 73 when ordering specialized railway
equipment. When carriers furnish cars without the requested tiedown equipment (chains and tensioning devices), chains and
turnbuckles of appropriate size and strength will be used for tiedown of vehicles. Load binders are not to be used in place of
turnbuckles to tension tiedown chains.
2. The HMMHs must face in the same direction and be uniformly spaced along the length of the car to allow sufficient space at each
end of the car and between the HMMHs for tiedown. Apply tiedowns parallel to each other at the same end of the HMMH and from
the HMMH tiedown point to the car tiedown point. The angle of the tiedown should be as close to 45° as possible.
3. Handbrakes are to be set and wired or blocked in place.
4. Gearshift levers must be placed and wire tied in the neutral position.
5. Open hooks must be secured with wire over opening to prevent the hook from becoming disengaged from the chain link to which it
6. Turnbuckles used to tighten chains must be wired or locked to prevent them from turning during transit unless turnbuckles are
equipped with self-locking devices.
7. General rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 19A, 19B, and 19C in Section 1 of Rules Governing the Loading of
Commodities on Open-Top Cars and Trailers, published by the Association of American Railroads, provide further details and are
mandatory in application.
Section III. TRANSPORT
The transportability guidance contained in this
section applies when the SEE, HME, and HMMH
is transported on foreign railways. Consideration
is given to single and multiple SEE and variant
movements on the type of rail cars normally used
to move this type of equipment. The SEE and
variants on flatcars are within the Gabarit Inter-
national De Chargement (GIC) limits and can
move unrestricted in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Because of the various designation systems and
clearances used by different countries, evaluation
of transport capability must be on an individual
ON FOREIGN RAILWAYS
7-8. Transport on Foreign-Service Flat-
The SEE, HME, and HMMH can be transported on
most foreign-service flatcars. The tractors should
be transported in their reduced configurations.
They can be moved, without restrictions, on stan-
dard flatcars throughout Europe. Materials re-
quired for blocking and tiedown on foreign-service
flatcars are essentially the same as those used for
rail transport within CONUS. Detailed guidance is
contained in the 4th Transportation Command
Pamphlet 552, Tiedown Guide for Rail Move
ments. This pamphlet can be obtained from the 4th
Transportation Command, Oberursel, Germany,