The International Paper plant at North Tonawanda produced a range of fine papers, and one of the raw materials for the process would have been chlorine. Photos of the factory from the early 1970s clearly show many orange and black “Hooker” tank cars spotted for unloading and off-spot.
Atlas made a nice model of a chlorine tank car a few years back, and while I don’t know whether this is the exact car that was used at the plant, it’s certainly plausible. These models are out of production at Atlas, and it was proving difficult to find them on the used market. I turned up one about a year ago, but it seemed futile, so I focused my energies elsewhere.
I was recently directed to the clearance page of the Atlas web site where they were advertising an undisclosed quantity of these very cars, minus trucks, for $7.95 each. The hesitation of my credit card quick draw could have been measured in milliseconds. Yesterday, I received a package from Atlas containing 8 chlorine tank cars and three other cars that they were cleaning out for $4.95, all without trucks, of course. I’ve unquestionably stocked up on Hooker chlorine tank cars.