Re: Boxcar identification help requested
Steve and Barb Hile
What about use for portable flood lights at the site of a derailment?toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf
Of David Soderblom
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Boxcar identification help requested
Calcium carbide is indeed used to generate acetylene. Most common use
is/was in miners' helmets. It releases C2H2 when mixed with water, so a
small reservoir would drip onto the carbide. I very much doubt that calcium
carbide output would be used for welding: just too slow, difficult to
regulate, and you buy tanks of gas for that.
Was PRR engaged in a tunneling project at the time? That would explain the
need for the material for the workers.