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From: "Paul R DOT Tupaczewski" paultup AT comcast DOT net
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 22:01:58 -0400
Subject: RE: (erielack) West Boonton Yard... then and now
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> > The "then" photo shows a variety of tank cars for Drew Chemical,
> > including at least one older expansion dome tanker which
> were becoming
> > rare by the mid-1970's. Which cars were the "water bottles"?
> >
> > Paul B
> During this era, they used smaller (10K gallon, I think?)
> cars for water bottle service. They were usually past their
> prime for revenue service, so they got stuck in this service.
> And they were all friction bearing - after the major wreck at
> Towaco, NJ (reportedly caused by one of the water bottles and
> a hotbox), they got rid of the smaller cars and replaced them
> with used (and much larger) tank cars.
> I have some photos of both old and new cars that I'll post up
> when I get a chance.
> - Paul

As promised, here are the pictures. The top half of the image shows the
"old" water bottle cars - like I said, looks like a 10K gallon car similar
to the offerings from Proto 2000 in HO scale.

The bottom half shows three of the "modern" (post-1970) water bottle cars.
Note the crudely spray-painted "W" on the ends of the car signifying the
water service duty. Are these the old Athearn 53' tank cars? Or is there
anything close in HO scale for these?

- Paul


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