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The railroad industry is a major user of cleaning materials. These range from heavy-duty caustic cleaners to acid and solvent cleaners. With the rapid change-over from steam to diesel power on the railroads, many new cleaning problems arose; and practices which had long been used with steam power are not effective on diesels. One of the outstanding problems in the cleaning of diesel locomotives has been the lack of standardization of materials, equipment, and methods. The materials first used as cleaners on the diesel locomotive were those which had been used on steam power. Not too often were the results satisfactory. This led to a condition of poor housekeeping, affecting the over-all appearance of diesel power as well as contributing to fire hazards and inefficient preventive maintenance.
Jursch, C. F.
General Inspector, Southern Pacific Co., San Francisco, Calif.