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Chlorine Car
« on: February 24, 2008, 04:44:29 PM »
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Bob showed us his Chlorine Car on the weekend update and it's impressive.  Really impressive.  I have concluded the purpose was to transport chlorine, and that's all I know.  Who had 'em?  Where were they going?  Would someone be kind enough to give us a briefing?

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Mark Kiernan

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 05:14:29 PM »
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This shows canisters similar to those on the car . Looks like they are for water treatment plants , and maybe other places .

http://www.semp.us/publications/biot_reader.php?BiotID=181

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 05:19:39 PM »
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It won't help answer the 'who' but this looks like the same car in service:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=68667

I'm guessing this cas car has lost it's placards which would carry some sort of company identification.


May have to get one now if there is any space on my desk.


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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008, 05:35:08 PM »
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That saves the absolute necessity to decal . Black car , silver tanks .

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 05:37:42 PM »
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I can't quite make this out .



Maybe Hooker .

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 05:45:04 PM »
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I'm fairly certain I've seen photos of these cars that also said they were in use transporting phosgene gas, though I couldn't tell you for what possible reason...
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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 06:06:58 PM »
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The one built by Russ Larson in "Dollar Freight Cars" in MR a half century ago was lettered for Pennsylvania Salt Co. The one I have a photo of that I was working from was lettered Pittsburgh Plate Glass.  Richie (up1950s) has got it right, these were used to ship chlorine to water treatment plants and others that could not receive it in bulk.

Chlorine is by far the most dangerous commodity handled by railroads. If you handle a car or two a year, expect your liability insurance to double!

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 09:49:39 PM »
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Thanks for the kind words all.

Here is what I got on the history of this car. Initial builds by ACF started in the 1920's and production lasted to just before 1950. Some lasted until the 1990's. Main purpose was to provide chlorine to water treatment plants.

I was able to find the following customers for this car; Columbia Alkali Corp., Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Co., Electro Bleaching Gas Co., Hooker Chemical Co. and E.L. DuPont. I know that there were others, but I don't have their names.

Tom, the trucks are PSC's, not mine. The car will be less trucks and Z-Scale couplers. Pricing around $24.95 including the tanks.
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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 10:16:03 PM »
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How is it shipped these days?  By tank car or on the road by truck perhaps?

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 10:21:47 PM »
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How is it shipped these days?  By tank car or on the road by truck perhaps?

The vast majority is shipped by barge and tank car. Barge where they can be used and tank cars elsewhere. The cylinders are now shipped on flatbed trucks. I've only seen one in the last ten years. Cannot be shipped in tank trucks by law.

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2008, 09:31:48 AM »
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Tom, the trucks are PSC's, not mine. The car will be less trucks and Z-Scale couplers. Pricing around $24.95 including the tanks.
Where do you get the PSC trucks?  I was unable to find a source.
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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2008, 09:48:19 AM »
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Tom, the trucks are PSC's, not mine. The car will be less trucks and Z-Scale couplers. Pricing around $24.95 including the tanks.
Where do you get the PSC trucks?  I was unable to find a source.

Yeah, I would like to know this too. :)

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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2008, 10:01:45 AM »
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Tom, the trucks are PSC's, not mine. The car will be less trucks and Z-Scale couplers. Pricing around $24.95 including the tanks.
Where do you get the PSC trucks?  I was unable to find a source.

Yeah, I would like to know this too. :)
Picked them up several years ago on eBay during my buy everything made in brass years. I do not know what car(s) they were from as they were sold as trucks only.
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Re: Chlorine Car
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2008, 10:12:57 AM »
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Walthers has an extensive supply of Precision Scale stuff:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/page/manuinfo/v585

Did not find N scale Bettendorf trucks, but did find HOn3 Bettendorf trucks...
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