Re: Tank Car Id

Richard Hendrickson

On Mar 15, 2012, at 5:58 PM, rreed_eagle wrote:

That SP&S engine was on it's way back from Livingston, MT after a
major overhaul in the NP shops.

Looking at a larger printed image of the same picture, there
appears to be large numbers on the right side of that auxiliary
tank car. It looks like 159, maybe 150. The weathering is probably
covering up the rest, it's hard to tell. That number placement is
not consistant with either SP&S or NP company service tank cars,
however, it is absolutely consistant with GN company service tank
cars. I'm throwning out a guess here, but I don't think it's out of
the question for the GN to have loaned the SP&S one of their
auxiliary tank cars (a road that burned oil as well and half-owned
the SP&S) when the NP couldn't and needed to get that SP&S oil
burner from Livingston to Spokane with no oil facilities along the
That may be a guess, Ryan, but it's obviously an educated guess, and
I'm inclined to think you are right. The car wasn't an NP car; the
NP's high running board cars that came from PSC in 1912 had stub side
sills from the bolsters to the end sills, AC&F style, which the car
in the photo does not have. In any case, there seems to be general
agreement that the car was in company service supplying fuel for the
oil-burning locomotive, which had to cover a lot of coal-burning
territory to get it from Livingston to the first source of fuel oil
at Spokane, rather than being in revenue service.

Richard Hendrickson

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