Re: Shrouded tank cars: floors?
Steve and Barb Hile
The Monsanto car in St. Louis does not have a floor under its hood. A photo is attached.
It is my belief that such cars, in general, did not have floors. The hood (shroud, etc?) often covered heating coils that were external to the tank due to potential issues relating to the interaction between the tank contents and any escaping steam/water. UTLX pioneered such a car circa 1914 for carrying paraffin wax. Later uses included transformer oil.
The Monsanto car does not have heater coils, however. So that it could also be related to trapping noxious gases.
More than you asked for, but less that definitive.
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And no, these are not removable containers like on the butterdish milk cars.
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