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[Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Boxcar With Roof Hatches

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Jeff, and all;

A fertilizer sludge car was, unfortunately, exactly what it sounds like: an old car on its last legs, converted to haul liquid feces waste from the fertilizer process, lined and coated inside with tar, with roof hatches and bottom outlets. I remember a few of these from my childhood, rolling by, dripping profusely, and driving me away from trackside.

The box car version of an offal car, with a different, but equally vile aroma.

Just the thing for a layout, with "Real Smell technology".

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jeffrey White
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2019 12:31 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Boxcar With Roof Hatches

The IC had fertilizer sludge cars (I have no idea what fertilizer sludge is) they converted from SS boxcars they acquired from the Tennessee Coal and Iron Railroad. I haven't got a photo but the diagram sheet says 4 roof hatches and plywood lining.

Jeff White

Alma, IL


On 10/30/2019 9:16 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:


Bob

A quick scan of the hard drive shows ACL, ATSF, BAR, BN, CN, CG, CP, D&H, DTI, EL, GN,
HS, LV, MILW, MONON, MP, N&W, NS, OAR, PC, PRR, RI, SAL, SCL, SOU, TH&B, UP, and WABASH
all had box cars with roof hatches.

And that's not a complete list. Tony mentioned the SP, too.

Tim



On 10/30/2019 5:51 PM, Bob Chaparro via Groups.Io wrote:


Boxcar With Roof Hatches

I've seen a few photos of boxcars with roof hatches for loading such commodities as aluminum dross, cement, various clays, lime and spent grain.

All of the photos I've seen are associated with shippers in the Southeast and Midwest.

Would such boxcars have served shippers in the Southwest to any degree?

Thanks.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA



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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts