Preparing the jobsite usually will require you to bring in water and establish a wastewater recovery system. You will need to have ready access to a lift truck so you can access the top of the railcars, and of course you should have all the usual protective gear on site and on your crew before the washing begins.
Washing the railcars is actually a simple process, consisting of the following steps:
- Chemical wash and rinse the roof.
- Chemical wash and rinse the sides and undercarriage.
- Graffiti removal like sandblaster equipment may be necessary on some cars, and may require manual scrubbing.
- Apply a pressure washer cleaning solution degreaser, if necessary.
- Rinse the entire unit top to bottom, including the undercarriage and wheels.
Locomotives, it must be mentioned, require special care. Locomotive brakes must be covered with waterproof tarps before the power washing begins. This will keep the disk brakes from corroding and ultimately failing.
Most people, upon opening a pressure washing business, don’t think of railroads as a potential business opportunity. In a changing economy, though, the money will be made by those who make their own opportunities. Pressure washing railcars could be a great way to keep your business on track in years to come.
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