Van Iderstein Tank Car Decals - Best Model?

Bob Lucas

Would like to confirm if the Southern Car & Foundry single dome tank car model best represents Van Iderstein Co. cars used in tallow service. Reportedly there were nine cars total (VICX 1001-1009), all 8000 gallon CAPY with heater coils. Prototype photos and Van Iderstein history are found linked to Bill Mosteller's Great Decal Website. It appears the prototypes had five radial courses and dome hardware matching characteristics of a typical STC tank car. Also, anyone care to speculate where tallow would have been shipped from Long Island where this firm was located? Bob

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