Re: Pure Carbonic - DICX 204


--- In STMFC@..., Richard Hendrickson <rhendrickson@...>

On Feb 26, 2009, at 10:48 PM, Dave Nelson wrote:
Am looking for more information of the cars of the Pure Carbonic
Were these cars entirely "custom" (on the outside) or might I
similar enough for anything in the HO scale market to use or

Any pointers to where I might find other car images would also be
Use a Sunshine MDT 6000 and change the door hinges-I think Tichy
makes suitable hinges. Clover House has the DICX lettering though you
may have to play with the number.

Larry King

Dave, DICX reporting marks were originally assigned to the
Dry Ice Corporation Refrigerator Line of New York, but in the
mid-1930s its cars, along with the reporting marks, were taken
by the Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. subsidiary of the New
York Central System, where the DICX fleet grew in size to about
cars by the early 1950s. Pure Carbonic, which was a division of
Air Reduction Co., Inc., leased its cars from MDT, but not all of
DICX were leased to Pure Carbonic; there were other dry ice
shippers. The photos I've seen show that all of the DICX cars of
that vintage appear to be conventional wood-sheathed refrigerator
cars which have been converted for dry ice loading by adding very
heavy insulation. A common feature was the application of extra-
strength strap door hinges owing to the added weight of the
insulation on the doors. I have photos of DICX 128, DICX 218, and
DICX 283 which I can scan and send to you off-list.

Richard Hendrickson

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