ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd has recently put its dry ice blasting technology to good effect in the restoration of a historic steam locomotive to the ‘brilliance’ of its former glories.

The Swiss company offers a wide range of ASCOJET dry ice blasting units which allow a gentle and highly efficient cleaning for countless surfaces.

ASCO, together with WISAG Production Services GmbH in Donaueschingen (Germany), put this technology to good use on a historic steam locomotive and ‘whipping’ it back into shape for museum display.

The train, Germany’s last steam locomotive and part of the regular railway operation until 1994, was restored aesthetically with one of ASCO’s ASCOJET dry ice blasting units. WISAG supplied the required dry ice, produced in its own in-house dry ice production facility.

Proven use

WISAG Production Services GmbH has depended on ASCOJET dry ice blasting units for years, when it comes to supporting its customers in cleaning different surfaces gently – yet highly efficiently – all along the industrial value chain.

Gentle, economical and a highly effective cleaning method, dry ice blasting is considered the perfect cleaning process when it comes to restoring old, historical steamers such as those in the German steam locomotive and model railway museum in Tuttlingen, Germany.

Located directly on the Danube, the museum features historic exhibits from the steam engine era, including small and large locomotives. However, the maintenance of the museum requires a lot of help from dedicated volunteers – and dry ice cleaning technology.

Thanks to the voluntary work of WISAG and ASCO, the latter says in a statement, the historic steamer now ‘shines in the splendour of a bygone era’ and is ready to be seen by many visitors.