Re: Transporting Anhydrous Ammonia
Hello Jim and group,
There's been quite a thread about our new tank car and some are keeping in line with the subject and others have gone off in another direction.
Jim has asked how to pick our tank car up and we just posted some how to pick up our tank car on our web site on the tank car page. It's a matter of placing your thumb and fingers at the ends of the tank just at the top edges where nothing is at risk. However, as mentioned, the parts are made of engineering plastic (Celcon) and are really robust but can get tweaked if mishandled.
Also, there are the "correct" placard stickers included for the optional loads.
Kadee Quality Products
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Transporting Anhydrous Ammonia
My order for a Kadee tank car arrived yesterday and, yes, it looks as though the platforms can be applied to an Atlas tank with minimum difficulty. The Kadee platforms have two legs that press fit into holes in the upper tank body. The platform ladders are part of the platform casting, so there is a detail bonus there. The underframe is fastened to the tank with a screw at the car center and, possibly, also with the two coupler box screws and/or kingpin screws. I can't speak for how well the frame will mate with the Atlas tank, as I do not have an Atlas car handy to review..Based on this cursory inspection, I would guess that your conversion is do-able, but the Kadee car is quite delicate and I don't want to try to disassemble any more of it. It's hard to find a safe way to even pick it up!
Engineering plastics are used for the parts, however, and the car not really fragile-just tricky to handle for fear of bending something out of place.
Also, the Kadee car does come with peel-and-stick placards for anhydrous ammonia and propane cargoes.
Be sure to let us know how the kit bash turns out.
On Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:29 AM, "fgexbill@... [STMFC]" wrote:
I am in the process of changing some details on one of the Atlas 11k tank cars, their 1062-1 Associated Cooperatives, a Sheffield, AL company that owned two cars. Mainly I am improving the sill steps, using the appropriate ASF A-3 Ride Control trucks and adding warning placards.
This got me interested in understanding what this chemical is and I found this online and thought others might like to read up on it: http://www.transcaer.com/docs/AATour/Transcaer_Ammonia_Training_Student_Handout_rev04.pdf
I will be interested to see if the new Kadee tank car underframe and Dome Platform can be joined with the Atlas tank w/o too much difficulty. Atlas did a beautiful job with the lettering so the model will do but I love the idea of the see-thru grating of the running board and platform. I think I was also smart enough to buy Atlas' Mississippi Chemical Corporation from Yazoo City, MS but if I did, it has gotten separated from my stash, LOL.