Re: Hercules Powder tankcar et al.

Dean Payne

All this talk got me to wondering about the Proto 2000 8K Type 21 car that is lettered for Hercules Powder. I'll assume it's accurate, but for what timeframe is that P/L scheme good for?

Dean Payne

--- In STMFC@..., "Kurt Laughlin" <fleeta@...> wrote:

I used to work for Hercules. They were formed around 1905 by the break-up
of DuPont's monopoly on explosives. They made gunpowder, blasting powder,
dynamite and other explosives. During WW II they operated several
explosive/ammunition plants for the Government. After the war they became
involved in the rocket industry and were still making them until they were
sold/spun-off/bought out by Alliant TechSystems post-1989. They also had
large industrial chemical and plastics businesses. I think now they just
make specialty chemicals.

. . . And further looking finds this article mentiong some business areas
and chemicals:


----- Original Message -----
From: Gatwood, Elden J SAD

I had done some research on Hercules Powder and predecessors some time ago,
and had only been able to find out info that they made industrial solvents
and resins, most or all of which was shipped in either 103's or 104's. I am
unaware of any pressurized tanks they had painted, or products that would
have required same.

Some of the other cars are also painted as liquid chlorine cars, whioch was
also not shipped in big 105's, AFAIK.

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