Re: Weathered reweigh dates, was: Re: Re: IC 40' box car decal

Bruce Smith

--- In STMFC@..., "Mike Brock" <brockm@...> wrote:
...Ross Grenard, told me that UP poured oil on the
ballast to keep the dirt/sand from blowing. Now, at first glance, one
has to
wonder...wouldn't that be a fire hazard? ...
Dennis replied:
Oil was routinely sprayed on track during the steam era to kill
vegetation, which in itself was a greater fire hazard than the small
amount of oil.

Dennis, folks,

Oil was also sprayed on the rails to reduce corrosion from the salt
brine dripping from passing ice reefers. Oil spray cars vanished at the
same time as ice reefers on many railroads.

Bruce Smith
Auburn AL.

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