Re: Digest Number 3086

Doug Brown <g.brown1@...>

Just a few years after this list, I was working at SC Johnson's Waxdale
plant. They would wash the side of the red, white and blue J.W.A.X. cars
while the car was being loaded. I don't recall the same treatment for the
yellow cars. The loading dock was inside the building.

Doug Brown

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
Malcolm Laughlin
Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 10:35 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Digest Number 3086

From: "al_brown03" <abrown@...>
Subject: Freight car washing (was Photo of R-40-25)

--- In STMFC@..., Anthony Thompson <thompson@...> wrote:
maybe it would be > interesting to explore how many reefer owners washed
cars at all?
More generally, how many *freight car* owners washed cars at all? I
vaguely recall reading, somewhere, that the Chicago & Illinois Midland
washed everything including hoppers. But how (un)common was that?

In eight years of working for railroads and another 15 years as a
consultant, involved regulary with yard operations, I never heard of washing
freight cars. There weren't any wash racks in freight yards. Private line
owners couldn't wash cars regularly because they couldn't cause cars to be
brought to where thye could be washed. It would have been a totally
unjustifiable expense.

Passenger trains weree a different story. Thre were many car washers near

On locomotives, there was a big difference of opinion. Santa Fe worked
hard on keeping their engines clean. NYC just let the dirt pile up. IMHO
it was no coincidence that SF had many fewer road failures. Nothing like
dirt in the carbody to build up electrical faults that trip the ground

Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
New England Rail Shipper Directories
19 Holden Road, Belmont, MA 02478

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