CONOCO Proto 2000 8K Gallon Type 21 Riveted Tank Car Questions

Andy Carlson

This talk of vintage California gasoline  producers brought up the mention of Tidewater/Associated. Associated was a large brand in California going by "Flying A", not be confused with the Pegasus of Mobile Oil. Richard Hendrickson once sent me a picture of an Associated tank car (what a loss when he left us).

On the cover of one of Ted Cullota's Speedwitch Media's books is a Rio Grande Petroleum tank car. Rio Grande, while being owned by Richfield Oil, was the recipient of the only US 48 states enemy attack during WWll. That attack was just north of the current University Of California Santa Barbara at an area on the coast called Ellwood Beach. The billionaire from the Beeny Babies toy company has raised all of the remaining oil field structures and has made a golf course with expensive homes on that famous site. The Barnsdall/Rio Grande gas station survives in derelict condition surrounded by all of this oppulence. The Rio Grande Petroleum Co. had many gas stations and provided free company road maps both pre-war and post. Richfield kept the company as an individual company until sometime in the 1960s or early 1970s.

I would like to have an HO decal for that Rio Grande tank car!
-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA

Barnsdall/Rio Grande gas station. Was used in a scene from the movie "The Postman rings twice"
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