Re: Tank Car Or Just A Tank?

Steve and Barb Hile

Probably built earlier.  Note there are only one row of rivets holding the tank heads.
Actually, the screw type hatch covers generally did have some sort of pressure relief system involving a series of internal holes that would line up when the hatch was rotated a bit, before being removed.  Clearly not a fool-proof system, which gave way to the later bolted type with improved results.
Steve Hile

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Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:09 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Tank Car Or Just A Tank?

​Tank car tank, built some time 1917 or later, due to have double rivets on each seam, but not too much as it still has the screw style, non-pressure relieving manway hatch. The patch on the side of the dome was for the safety valve(s).


Bruce Smith

Auburn, Al

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Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 1:38 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Tank Car Or Just A Tank?

Tank Car Or Just A Tank?


This past week I vacationed on Cannery Row in Monterey, CA. Running parallel and behind Cannery Row is the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which extends eighteen miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Much of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, begun in 1986, is located where the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad once ran.

In the heart of Cannery Row along this trail I noticed a vertical steel tank and, next to that, what appeared to be an early steel tank car body partially buried in the ground. It looked like a tank car except the dome hardware was very simple, more akin to a simple storage tank. The side of the dome did have a plate covering an opening and another possible opening also was covered, however.

Some accounts say the tanks are believed to have stored fish oil in the cannery days. Pictures are below.


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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