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Here is a 1957 photo showing the Westvaco + FMC lettering.
Eventually soda ash out of Green River
became an enormous commodity for the UP.
On 6/23/2021 4:16 PM, Ed Hawkins wrote:
I _think_ these cars
were leased SHPX cars, but I could be confusing them
with the rest of the leased FMC cars. Models (and possibly
decals) have been produced for cars assigned to both the
South Charleston (inorganic) and Nitro (organic) WV
divisions of FMC, but I've not seen any mass-produced
models in this particular transitional scheme.
Incidentally, if you (or anyone) produce decals for
these cars I would be greatly interested in a set or
three. My long-term modeling plans include the C&O
yard which directly serviced this facility and possibly
part of the facility itself.
earlier lettering clue by the side ladder of approx. 45,xxx
pounds of water equates to a nominal 6,000-gallon capacity, a
common size for chlorine tank cars. I did a search of ACF tank
cars built from the mid-1920s thru the early 1950s but didn’t
find any matches of 6,000 gallon, ARA V or ICC-105A cars
originally owned by Westvaco or leased from SHPX Shippers’ Car
Line and lettered accordingly. If not an ACF car, perhaps it
was built by General American.
Chorine Products Corp. and Westvaco Chemical Division, leased
38 SHPX 1958 cu. ft. LO covered hopper cars built from 5-47 to
6-51 (see RP CYC Vol. 27). Roughly 30 years ago I coordinated
with Microscale, who produced decal set #87-660 that included
lettering for these Westvaco LO’s and 4 plant locations to
include South Charleston, W.V.
curious if anyone can determine an estimated date of the