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Description Monsanto Tank Car Award
Category Custom Item
Remarks This car is a "one of a kind" item, or at least a "few of a kind" item.  This model appears to have started life as a black shell for a 126 Sinclair tank car.  A Stout Auction was held for the mounted completed item .  The purchaser subsequently sold the item at a recent York, Pennsylvania train meet for an undisclosed price, but purportedly less than his original price of $2500.  The partially completed model was obtained from the collection of the late Frank Castiglione, through his son Mark and is believed to have been created by his father.  It is most likely that Frank Castiglione also created the mounted model. 

The mounted model was apparently given to individuals involved in the making of the Monsanto industrial film, "Decision for Chemistry."  One difference between the mounted model and the partially completed model is the presence on the mounted model of the words, "orthonitrochlorobenzene."   That labeling is significant in the film as it is that writing on the side of the car that sends a young man to explore a career in chemistry.   I am attempting to obtain a copy of the film, as it closely follows the A.C. Gilbert philosophy that the scientists and inventors of tomorrow develop their interest in science as young people.  Exactly how many of these models were created is uncertain, but it seems possible that other mounted models may exist as the award trophy does not specify any one person, but merely cites a "contribution" to the production.

Monsanto completed car
Stout Auction Photo

Monsanto car-partially completeFrank Castiglione Collection courtesy of Rick Tonet