The AAR Tank Car Committee is comprised of rail car owners and manufacturers, and hazmat shippers with participation from the . Department of Transportation (USDOT) , Transport Canada , and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) . The committee works together to develop technical standards for tank cars used to move hazmat. In 2011, the Tank Car Committee petitioned for and implemented standards that exceed those of the federal government. In 2013, railroads proposed enhanced government design and construction regulations for crude oil and ethanol tank cars and are advocating for the swift retrofit or phase out of older tank cars carrying flammable liquids. In May 2015, PHMSA, in coordination with FRA, issued a final rulemaking on the movement of flammable liquids by rail, including crude oil and ethanol. The final rule includes enhanced tank car standards.
In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad’s "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation’s railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics―trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America―illustrating each topic with carefully chosen period illustrations. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals. He discusses the important role railroads played for towns and cities across America, not only for the access they provided to distant places and distant markets but also for the depots that were a focus of community life. Finally, Grant reviews the lasting heritage of the railroads as it has been preserved in word, stone, paint, and memory. Railroads and the American People is a sparkling paean to American railroading by one of its finest historians.