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This topic reminds me of a story I heard from back in the steam era. The Louisville & Nashville tried to deliver two tank cars to an online consignee. The consignee had declared bankruptcy before delivery and the shipment was refused. The L&N tried to return the cars to the shipper but the shipper refused to accept the return. The owner of the cars refused to accept the cars in their loaded condition so they were parked off to one side of the yard and more or less forgotten. The contents of the cars was some sort of an acidic stuff. I never heard exactly what.
After having sat for several years, someone noticed parts of one car getting rusty and that there were no weeds within ten or fifteen yards of that car. Clearly there was a leak.
Being as frugal as the L&N was, after some testing, this abandoned cargo was diluted by some large factor and used as weed spray along the tracks. Long before EPA, etc. of course.
I cannot swear to this story as it was told to me long ago. But I rather liked it.
On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 6:08 PM Paul Koehler <koehlers@...> wrote: