Re: Nalco Weed Sprayer and tank cars
Steve and Barb Hile
These Nalco sprayers seem to just come in under the wire for the Steam Era list, being circa 1959 builds as National Aluminate sought to diversify from its primary focus of steam locomotive water treatment chemicals into a broader spectrum of chemical products and services, including weed spraying. It was in 1959 that it changed its name to Nalco.
If I were wanting to do one of these cars, I would probably start with an Intermountain AAR 10'6" boxcar kit. The separate ends would make it easy to substitute cut-up Tichy USRA 5-5-5 ends. As Jack Mullen suggests, a radial roof seems appropriate. The car side tabs would have to go and the side door opening be filled. Archer Rivets could be used, either on the replacement panel or on a smooth full side to get the 12 total panels. How far to lower the rear of the sides and what is on the top of that platform will be the challenge. I found a small side view shot using Google leading to Pinterest, but could not pull up a decent image. You would think that there could be some article of advertisement in the RR press of the late 50's that could show some more details.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Doug Forbes
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 11:43 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Nalco Weed Sprayer and tank cars
I also wanted to include a few in progress shots of the GNRHS weed sprayer resin kit.