Weed spraying trains

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mitch kennedy
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Weed spraying trains

Post by mitch kennedy »

While we're delving into the 60's on the Clementon branch-anybody have info on the (I'll assume) weed spraying trains? I remember them sporadically, with some tank cars (Monsanto comes to mind for some reason..) and I would swear a tuscan round-roof P-70 as a crew rider car.. ring a bell with anyone? we're talking early 60's...
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Post by Steam man »

I recall the weed spraying trains as well. Mostly I think it's the smell I remember as it was pretty strong and had a definite odor of it's own. The chemical used was some kick butt stuff too. They would spray in the morning one day and everything in the trains path would be brown and dead the next. My Pop managed to get a gallon of the weed killer for use around his house. The crew foreman told him to mix it 1 gallon to 100 gallons of water and it still had a devasting effect on any vegetation. I think this is the round roof passenger car you are refering to Mitch:

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By the way, here's a good site from PRR Railfan with beaucoup diagrams like the one above of engines and cars.

http://prr.railfan.net/diagrams/PRRdiag ... &sz=sm&fr=
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Post by PRSL1972 »

that is a lot of mixing!!!
For what I have been seeing the direction of NJT is going which isn't great it should be disbanded and revert back to public service and rail to DOT. This will ensure all high paid brain dead people are weeded out!!!

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