TELONE™ Stewardship Tip Sheet: Railcar Release Checklist

Transporting TELONE™ safely on our nation’s railroads is of paramount importance to Teleos Ag Solutions. With that in mind, Teleos has developed a TELONE™ Rail Release Checklist to assist customers with final Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection on TELONE™ rail cars prior to departure from their facility. This checklist highlights the responsibility of each person offering the tank car to ensure it is in proper condition and safe for transport.

In this blog, we will review what is listed on the checklist. You can download a pdf version of the checklist, here.

Let’s dive in.

In accordance with 49 CFR 173.31 (d):
“No person may offer for transportation a tank car containing a hazardous material or a residue of a hazardous material unless that person determines that the tank car is in proper condition and safe for transportation. As a minimum, each person offering a tank car for transportation must perform an external visual inspection.”

Here are the items to consider for inspection:

  • Tank shell and heads for abrasion, corrosion, cracks, dents, distortions, defects in welds, or any other condition that makes the tank car unsafe for transportation?
  • Piping, valves, fittings, and gaskets for corrosion, damage, or any other condition that makes the tank car unsafe for transportation?
  • Missing or loose bolts, nuts, or elements that make the tank car unsafe for transportation?
  • All closures on tank cars and determine that the closures and all fastenings securing them are properly tightened in place by the use of a bar, wrench, or other suitable tool?
  • Protective housings for proper securement, including pins, chains, latches in working order?
  • Each tell-tale indicator after filling and prior to transportation to ensure the integrity of the rupture disc?
  • All valves closed, capped, ears secured with zip ties for safe transport?
  • Required markings are legible and conforming to product, including 4-UN2903 placards?
  • Periodic inspection date markings are within the prescribed intervals?
  • Have all tank car wheel chocks been removed?
  • Remove “Stop Tank Car” Connection Sign?
  • Has Grounding Cable been removed?
  • Unlock and remove Tank Car Derailment Device?
  • Is railcar free of obvious spills/leaks?
  • Is the railcar suitable for shipping?
  • Any other recommendations/action items?

Once the Rail Release Checklist is complete, the qualified handler onsite would sign the checklist form and submit completed form to

Justin Harrison