1981 - Volume #5, Issue #6, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Uses For Old Railroad CarsCarl Weissman & Sons, Great Falls, Mont., buy and sell used railroad box cars, flatbed cars and tanker cars as part of their salvage operation. With under-carriages stripped off, usable cars are sold for a wide variety of uses.
Some farmers and ranchers use old box cars to store sacked feed or seed, or to shelter live-stock. Most cars require sealing to keep out rodents, and may require repair for storage of loose granular material or grain.
Used flat cars can also be used as bridges across small streams or gullies.
Discarded tanker cars have been turned into on-farm storage for fuel, liquid fertilizer, liquid feed supplements and other liquids.
Depending on type and condition, Weissman's used rail cars range in price from $1,500 to $6,000. They're shipped to buyers by semi-trailer with the undercarriage stripped off. They have sold cars throughout Montana and into Wyoming, but will sell anywhere to buyers willing to pay for transportation. Howard suggests, however, that interested buyers contact railroad salvage dealers and railroad company offices in their area.
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