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Aldon® 2010 Index
(All images on this page ©Aldon® Company)


Aldon®2012 A lot of new items.
Aldon® Page 1 Switch Point Protection, Track Clearance Markers, Derails, including Sabertooth Derail, OSHA Rail Safety Signs, Blue Safety Signs, Sign Holders
Aldon® Page 2 Wheel Chocks (Cast Steel, Single, Double, with Flags, Severe Duty), Rail Skids, Flush Rail Skids, Car Stops, Bumping Post
Aldon® Page 3 Railroad Signs, Locomotive Blue Flag, Blue Lights, Blind Corner Train Sensor, Rail Car Motion Detectors, Warning Lights
Aldon® Page 4

Wheel Chocks & Wedges, Car Stabilizing Jacks, Electric Car Pullers, Manual Car Mover, Switch Handles, Coupler Alignment Tool

Aldon® Page 5 Hopper Car Gate Openers, Pry Bars, Car Shakers, Air Broom, Car Scrapers, Spill Equipment
Aldon® Page 6 Box Car Door Openers, Tank Car Safety Equipment, Manway Covers & Equipment, Steel & Bronze Tank Car Sockets, Impact Sockets
Aldon® Page 7 Rerailers (Permanent & Portable), Gauge Restraint Reader, Track Levels, Track Gauges, Rolling Gauge Reader, Rail Height Reader, Rail Wear Gauges
Aldon® Page 8 Miracle Carts, Push Carts, Heavy Duty Towing Cart, Rail & Tie Dolly, Gauge Rods, Flangeway Guard Blocks, Track Maintenance Equipment
Aldon® Page 9 Track Maintenance equipment, Rail Benders, Rail Pullers, Jacks, Tie & Timber Tools, Ballast Tools, Rail Handling Tools
Aldon® Page 10 Car & Locomotive Repair Equipment, Crane Safety Equipment - Lifting Dolly, Crane Stops, Stabilizing Jacks & Stands
Aldon® Page 11 Truck Dock Equipment & Safety - Jacks, Stands, Wheel Blocks
Older Aldon Site These older Aldon pages have more information for some items than these newer pages. Provided for reference purposes.

Aldon® Company Profile


Aldon® Company, Inc., manufactures a wide variety of railroad safety and track maintenance products. The company was founded in 1904 in Chicago. In its early years, Aldon® supplied the railroads with rerailers, rail benders and manual car movers. In time, with the creation of OSHA and other safety standards for industrial workers, Aldon® broadened its product line to include wheel chocks, warning signs, derails, lights and many other specialized rail safety products. In the 1970s, Aldon® added a line of trailer stabilizing jacks and truck wheel blocks.

Aldon® Company is best known for its rail wheel chocks, which feature replaceable rail-biting spurs. Aldon's® Sabertooth™ portable derail marks an advance in derail engineering by providing non-slip derailing capability in an emergency. The company maintains two websites and issues an annual printed catalog.

Aldon® operates two manufacturing facilities — the main plant at Waukegan, Illinois, and a new satellite plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Aldon® sales engineers are available for immediate consultation for any rail safety problem.

OSHA Regulations

Loading & Unloading Box Cars
1910.178(m) (6) as amended by OSHA Program Directive #100-63 (10/78)...
When a powered industrial truck is used to open freight car doors, and the truck is using an attached device specifically designed to open car doors, the violation of that part of 29 CFR 191 0.178(m) (6) shall be considered "de minimus," when the following requirements have been met:
a. The design of the door opening device shall require the force applied by the device to the door to be in a direction parallel with the door travel.
b. The operator is trained in the use of the door opening device and keeps the operation in full view.
c. Employees, other than the operator, stand clear while the door is being moved.

Single or Multiple Crane Operations
(ii) Stops shall be fastened to resist forces applied when contacted
(iii) A stop engaging the tread of the wheel shall be of a height at least equal to the radius of the wheel.
(e) Where other cranes are in operation on the same runway, rail stops or other suitable means shall be provided to prevent interference with the idle crane

Loading & Unloading Semi-Trailers
(1) The brakes of highway trucks shall be set and wheel chocks placed under the rear wheels to prevent the trucks from rolling while they are boarded with powered industrial trucks.
(3) Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer and prevent upending during the loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor.
(7) Brakes shall be set and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks,trailers,or railroad cars while loading or unloading. Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer during loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor.
(9) Chock blocks. At least two chock blocks shall be provided.These blocks shall be placed to prevent rolling of the vehicle whenever it is parked during loading and unloading operations.
(7) Handling pulp chips from trucks and trailers, i) All trucks and trailers shall be securely fastened in place and all employees in the clear before dumping is started.

Loading Pulp and Paper Cars
(4) Handling pulpwood from flatcars and all other railway cars.
(V) Flatcars and all other cars shall be chocked during unloading. Where equipment is not provided with hand brakes, rail damping chocks shall be used.
(vi) A derail shall be used to prevent movement of other rail equipment into cars where persons are working.

Loading Tank Cars
(iii) Caution signs shall be so placed on the track or car as to give necessary warning to persons approaching the car from open end or ends of siding and shall be left up until after the car is unloaded and disconnected from discharge connections. Signs shall be of metal or other suilable material, at least 12 by 15 inches in size and bear the words "STOP - Tank Car Connected" or "STOP - Men at Work" the word, "STOP" being in letters at least 4 inches high and the other words in letters at least 2 inches high.
(iv)The track of a tank car siding shall be substantially level.
(v) Brakes shall be set and wheels blocked on all cars being unloaded.
(iii) While cars are on sidetrack for loading or unloading, the wheels at both ends shall be blocked on the rails.

Freight Cars in General
(2) Wheel stops or other recognized positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from moving during loading or unloading operations.
(4) Positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from being moved while dockboards or bridge plates are in position.
(7) Brakes shall be set and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks, trailers, or railroad cars while loading or unloading.
(5) Positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from being moved while dockboards or bridge plates are in position.
(f) Rolling railroad cars. Derail and/or bumper blocks shall be provided on spur railroad tracks where a rolling car could contact other cars being worked, enter a building, work or traffic area.

Signs & Lights
(9) Traffic warning signs or signals. The blue flag policy shall be used to mark stationary cars day and night. This policy shall include marking the track in advance of the spotted cars (flag for daytime, light for darkness).
(ii) After cars are spotted for loading or unloading, warning flags or signs shall be placed in the center of the track at least 50 feet away from the cars and a derail set to protect workmen in the car.

Some Examples of Safety Signage for Railroad Operations

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