Oiling ballast

Rupert & Maureen <gamlenz@...>

Re. the recent discussion about oiling ballast, there is a brief history at
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101048999310;view=1up;seq=95 and a list of railroads using oil at https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101048999351;view=1up;seq=270

Both the CB&Q and B&MR sprayed ballast with oil to keep down dust. There is a photo (not the clearest) of track spraying using a tank car apparently owned by the CB&Q. I was previously advised that this was a Bettendorf tank car, although I’ve not seen any record that the Burlington had any from this company.


Rupert Gamlen
Auckland NZ


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