Re: Tank Cars to/from oil fields in the transition era

Jim Betz

Tony and all,

� Points noted.� Thanks.

� My research shows that tank cars in crude service were primarily
"generic" such as UTLX and GATX cars - i.e. the ones that do not have
any oil company logos on them.
� I am guessing that was partly due to how quickly cars in crude service
would get dirty - but it is also related to the fact that those 2 leasing
companies account for the vast majority of all tank cars in any service
other than the emerging corn syrup market and other such 'captive
service' uses.

� There are some uses of crude that a pipeline can not be justified for -
such as many industrial steam boilers for heating large buildings.� Yes,
diesel was replacing those in the transition era ... but there were still a
lot of them using Bunker C in the last decade of this list's focus.� Not to
mention the last of the steam locos themselves ...

� I'm also thinking that small oil fields that weren't close to other
fields would be using rail cars instead of pipelines ... or were they
using trucks?� ***Shuddering***
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P.S. Richard is still helping us on this topic ... but I miss his 'terse'
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4b. Re: Tank Cars to/from oil fields in the transition era
    Posted by: "Tony Thompson" tony@... sigpress
    Date: Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:24 pm ((PDT))

I'm having trouble locating pics of the tank cars in crude oil service on the web.  Any links/suggestions would be appreciated.  Or if there is a book I need to buy ...

        As soon as any oil field is very productive, pipelines were built to transport crude to refineries, a far cheaper means of transportation. In the transition era, there was little crude oil moving by tank car. In any case, the cars would likely be conventional ICC-103, AAR class TM, tank cars, looking much like other garden-variety tank cars. The trouble with looking for photos of cars in that service is that most freight car photography was by enthusiasts, and most amateur railfan photographers would not have known what was inside the tank cars they photographed anyway.

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