Re: Cleanout or washout track for reefers a Question (Procedures)
Neville Rossiter <rossiters@...>
Bob and members.
I think before you build anything whether it's a cleaning area, an industry
or a freight car you have to have an understanding of the process or
purpose, this information while might seem tedious to some helps in
designing the model in fact as we all know building the model is usually the
easy part gathering or researching for it is the hard part.
Take care. Neville.
Here are some notes on Cleaning Refrigerator Cars from the Santa Fe.
These are from the booklet, "Rules Governing The Cleaning, Fumigation and
Sanitation of Passenger, Work and Freight Equipment, Cars, Diesel
Locomotives and Parts".
This text originally was written March 1, 1915, and was revised September 1,
"CLEANING FREIGHT EQUIPMENT
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD WATER BE ALLOWED TO STAND ON THE INTERIOR OF
Sweep floor and walls, being sure all crack are cleaned. If sweeping does
not properly clean, due to molasses, paint, etc., such portions of the wall
or floor should be scraped. If necessary, follow scraping with a scrub
brush and cleaning solution, Item 3-A or 3-F, with warm water, or, Item No.
8-K with hot water.
The bunkers of cars shall be cleaned by sweeping walls and drip pans. Clean
drip cups and drain pipes of all dirt and refuse. Water under pressure may
be used in bunkers only, for cleaning purposes.
Ceilings and walls of refrigerators [sic] shall be washed regularly with
cleaning solution, Item No. 3-A or 3-F, mixed with 2 to 4 oz. per gallon of
The requirement to wash "ceilings and walls . regularly" does not define
Item 3-A is two approved cleaners, Turco RR#1 and C&H #55, both semi-paste
cleaners. Item 3-F is Oakite #202-BD, a liquid cleaner. Item 8-K is two
granular cleaners, Dearborn Chemical Sanitizer and Oakite Products Disanite.
Most of this information probably is more than most of us ever need to know,
but here it is for factoid collectors everywhere.
Citrus Industry Modeling Group