[Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] chlorine cannister flats (was Virginia Chemical Tank Cars)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


They do indeed vary by time period. Some are deeply indented; others less so. From what I've been told, they were almost exclusively used for Chlorine.

Not all were built by AC&F. I will dig my stuff up and look into it.

Elden Gatwood

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Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:03 PM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] chlorine cannister flats (was Virginia Chemical Tank Cars)

I have numerous photos of these cannister flat cars, and they are always loaded with
their cannisters. The precise style of cannisters does vary - perhaps related to the
commodity, or time period? They all have 15 cannisters in my photos.

Was ACF the builder of all these cars?

Tim O'

On 2/19/2020 2:45 PM, James E Kubanick wrote:

When I lived out East during the 1980's there was a small water treatment plant in Lansdale PA that still received these cars. I believe that the cars were returned with empty canisters aboard. I never saw a car without them, but practices may vary - especially during our timeframe.

Jim Kubanick

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 8:24:24 PM EST, Schleigh Mike via Groups.Io <> <> wrote:

One of these canister cars was the basis of a scratchbuilding article in Model Railroader way back in the early 1950s. The article was republished in a 'reprint' collection called "Build Your Own Model Cars and Locos." I still have my tattered copy from some some 60 years back. Neat stuff even now! The model was largely brass, called a "chlorine car," carried 14 canisters, and was lettered for Penna. Salt Mfg. (PSMX 1011). This car is listed in my copy of the January 1946 ORER.

Bob's Photo has sold a couple different images of this type of car.

Regards from Grove City, Penna. where winter is creeping back----Mike Schleigh

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts