NALX was Nalco Chemical Co. (National Aluminate
[mailto:CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Subject: Re: [CBQ] Oiling / Weed
On 1/13/2014 1:12 PM, Charlie Vlk wrote:
Found the attached photo while looking for other
material….NALX 118 similar to the CB&Q equipment.
looks identical to the Chipman Chemical Companies weed spray car employed by
the Burlington. Growing up next to the railroad track in the 1940's and 50's
was fun, every spring the track rider would post a notice at each grade
crossing that the weed control twin was coming, beware of possible danger, etc.
I wasn't as interested in the spray train as I was the motive power handling
the spray car and associated tank cars. Since these were low priority trains,
older power was used, usually a 4-4-2 or 2-6-2 whichworked great. When they had
to spray a yard and move cars to accomplish the task, sometimes the light
engine would tie into more tonnage than they were built for causing the
drivers to spin wildly. Today spray trucks do the job taking all the fun out of
the task. The last weed spray train I seen on the Santa Fe was around
1970. Thanks Charlie for the photo. The smell of the wed spray hung on
for days. Sometimes the spray would drift ruing someones garden plant near the
track. Today several railroads use track mounted flange oilers on curves.