Re: Boxcar identification help requested

Steve and Barb Hile

What about use for portable flood lights at the site of a derailment?

Steve Hile

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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.

David Soderblom
Baltimore MD

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