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  • Curious MDC Shorty tank cars..Hooker.

    Guys I was wondering when Roundhouse produced these..was it 60s or 70s.Picked up a 6 pack and the Plano 305 detail kits for them.Should be fun. I was just wondering how old the kits might be..the years pass quickly. I only model to late 60s so if a not a fit..i will not tell anyone HA!.Hope everyone is safe and ok.Steve

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    Originally posted by steve turner


    Guys I was wondering when Roundhouse produced these..was it 60s or 70s.Picked up a 6 pack and the Plano 305 detail kits for them.Should be fun. I was just wondering how old the kits might be..the years pass quickly. I only model to late 60s so if a not a fit..i will not tell anyone HA!.Hope everyone is safe and ok.Steve


    Not sure when they/proto were used, but this kit is from the 1991 era.




    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      Louis

      I have several of these and my eyes on a couple more.

      I have been researching them and from what I can find they were primarily used before the 1930s. I have not found a lot of information on them. I wish I could find more information on the prototype.

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        Prototype History:

        These cars transport higher value commodities which typically are shipped in smaller amounts. One example is corn syrup. Some carry petroleum refining catalysts, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide. The typically ride on roller bearing trucks with 33 inch wheels.

        Road Name History:

        Hooker Chemical Company is an American chemical company that produced chlor-alkali products from 1903 to 1968. In 1922, Hooker bought the S. Wander & Sons company for the retail sales of lye and chlorinated lime. Hooker Chemical is best known for the chemical waste site Love Canal, which it sold in 1953, and led to a lengthy lawsuit several decades later.

        The company was founded in 1903 as "The Development and Funding Company" by Elon Huntington Hooker, of Rochester, NY. Hooker created a company that used the Townsend cell to elecrolyse salt into chlorine and sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as "caustic soda" and "lye," in a chloralkali process. Elmer Sperry, founder of Sperry Electric, and Leo Baekeland, inventor of Bakelite and Velox photographic paper consulted for Hooker to improve the design of the cell.

        I see it listed as Prototype Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978). If these means anything?

        Good reading link; https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/f...1412Hooker.pdf


        Louis L&R Western Railroad
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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        • #5
          Steve,

          I have been looking for those very cars for my layout! The shorty's would be perfect. Where did you luck out and find them?
          Norton



          The V & T lives in my garage (soon)

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          • #6
            I have one of these, partially built, with the Plano etch kit. In good condition and in the box, if anyone's interested. PM me.

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              Originally posted by nortonw


              Steve,

              I have been looking for those very cars for my layout! The shorty's would be perfect. Where did you luck out and find them?


              I had been looking on and off for ages.I found a 6 pack different numbers. Not exactly prototype but then again either am i. Happy to have fun with them and also ordered up the Plano 305 etched detail kits for them. Going to suite me just fine

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                Are you keeping the source secret? :-)
                Norton



                The V & T lives in my garage (soon)

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                  Originally posted by nortonw


                  Are you keeping the source secret? :-)


                  Sorry about that E bay..forever each day for along time.Plenty of singles pop up and stupid high prices!

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