Re: tank cars behind locomotives

Tony Thompson

Ed Mines wrote:

There are little to no fumes from crude oil and although it burns, it's not so easy to set on fire.

    Depends on the crude, of course, and some crude is indeed tarry and heavy. But remember, the gasoline and other fractions which are later extracted from the crude ARE in there in the beginning. Most crude oils are quite flammable. Remember the crude oil fire disaster in Canada recently?

From this forum I've learned that the fuel oil used in steam locomotives is even more difficult to set on fire.

  True. Bunker C is really goopy stuff.

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