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Kaolin
Posted by ndbprr on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:06 PM

Slurried and transported it a tank car or a dry powder transported in a air slide or covered hopper?

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Posted by dehusman on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:08 AM

ndbprr

Slurried and transported it a tank car or a dry powder transported in a air slide or covered hopper?

 
Yes.

Dave H. Painted side goes up.

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Posted by NVSRR on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:15 AM

Kaolin tank cars are short white  with kaolin on the side. Rather distinctive

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Posted by dti406 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:29 AM

NVSRR

Kaolin tank cars are short white  with kaolin on the side. Rather distinctive

Not Necessarily White!

Thiele Kaolin Tank Car.

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Posted by Doughless on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:52 AM

Both slurried and powder.  Kaolin tank cars are short.  Some are shaped similar to corn syrup tank cars.  Hoppers used in Kaolin powder are often shorter and are downgraded from grain service.  Almost all cars are light colored since the white substance tends to cover the car anyway.  Clay is heavy so 54 foot hoppers tends to be the maximum length, if even that.

I will have kaolin (at least clay) service to one industry on my new layout.  They will receive both tank cars and hopper cars as part of their pet bedding/poultry bedding product. Clay absorbs moisture.

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Posted by caldreamer on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:17 PM

The Dal-Tile plant just outside of Gettysburg gets 3 to 4 two bay ahort hoppers or 3 bay 54 foot hoppers once a week.  Various marks such as NS, CSX , Procor and KWT are the most frequent.

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Posted by dti406 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:23 PM

Here are a couple of covered hopper kits I did.

Also the Southern and SCL used boxcars with roof hatches to move Kaolin. Here is a SCL car I built.

Rick Jesionowski

 

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:19 PM

ndbprr

Slurried and transported it a tank car or a dry powder transported in a air slide or covered hopper?

Also delivered in 500-pound nylon bags in box cars.

Robert

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Posted by Doughless on Thursday, July 27, 2017 1:22 PM

Sandersville Railroad is a Georgia shortline that exists nearly exclusively for the rail shipment of Kaolin.  The internet is full of pictures of the rolling stock and can be searched for a history of the railroad and facts about Kaolin.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:48 PM

Sometimes I need to drive East of Milledgeville, Georgia, around Sandersville. There are at least a couple of Kaolin mines in that area. I don't know if Kaolin cars are painted white, but from my experience with the stuff, they soon would be. If it is raining in that area, any color my rental car is when I start the day does not matter, it will be white by the time I arrive at my destination.

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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