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Re: [CBQ] Oiling / Weed Spraying

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Oiling / Weed Spraying
From: Richard Kistler <rckistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:13:21 -0600
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.

Charlie Vlk


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    This 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. Richard Kistler
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