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

Frederick Freitas <prrinvt@...>


           The Boston & Albany did this on the commuter line to riverside.
Basically a box on a flat, and a motor and spray arms. What they put
on the row was thick, black, and nasty smelling. I watched in awe as
grown ups made a huge mess of everything. Then again, thery were still under steam, too.

Fred Freitas

From: Timothy Barney <tbarney@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Mon, May 31, 2010 8:35:27 PM
Subject: Re: Weathered reweigh dates, was: Re: [STMFC] Re: IC 40' box car decal

Bruce Smith wrote:
I said:

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

same time as ice reefers on many railroads.

Bob Witt replied:

I don't believe I have ever seen an "oil spray car".

Weed sprayers, but not oil sprayers; does any one have a photo to


PRR #497700, page 422, Pennsy Power 3. The caption notes that the PRR
"was one of the few railroads that did it [spay oil] mechanically."

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

Explains why when they undercut the mainline through Altoona a while
back for double-stacks, the soil was not permitted to be removed from
Conrail property. It was classified as hazardous waste (likely from all
the Steam Era oil sprayed along the tracks - had to get STMFC era in
here somehow) and was trucked to another site within Conrail property
for disposal (it would have had to go to a H.W. dump for processing
otherwise). I can't imagine all the weed-control oil and leaking lube
oil that must have dripped between the rails in the 150+ years that line
has been open. That dirt came out jet black from under the tracks!

Tim Barney

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