Re: Multi-dome tank car data
Doug Harding wrote:
We should be a little careful here with terms. "Distillate" can be a general term to denote ANY product distilled from crude oil. Its meaning has varied over time. Today it tends to mean "medium" distillate, which is heavier than gasoline, such as diesel and kerosene. Back in the period Doug is talking about, it meant a light fraction that contained several components now usually separated, which is why it was cheap. Moreover, each refinery had a little different meaning of "distillate" in those days. But I think Doug's main point is excellent: before 1950, diesel was little used by consumers, with still a lot of kerosene for all kinds of utility uses around farms and homes. Gasoline and distillate would be the two other fuels that most dealers would receive, in addition to kerosene and fuel oil.
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