Chemical brush control operations on the Western Maryland Railway was reported. In preparation for the large scale spray operation a strip map of the area of treatment was prepared and made available to the spray car operator. The areas sprayed were noted on the map. Right-of-way widths of 60 to 100 ft. were sprayed. The equipment consisted of a converted freight car on top of which four turrets on swivels, each equiped with 6 nozzles, were mounted. Four turret men and a spray car operator, who had instant control to stop all spray, were required for operation. The chemical mixture was equal parts of 2, 4-D and 2,4,5, T using the low volatile esters of each. One gallon of this was mixed in 150 gallons of water. About 1 1/2 gallons of chemical per acre was used. A fall inspection of the June spraying showed a high percentage kill of weeds and brush. One of the characteristic results of the chemicals used is the rapid disintegration of the stem or stalk of the weeds or brush close to the ground which makes it possible to clear the dead brush readily. More definite assessment of the results would be available the following spring.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60605
  • Publication Date: 1952

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 751-754
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 53
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00052432
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM