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Hi List Members,
In cold areas with harsh winters
railroads often used some type of switch heater apparatus to keep snow and ice
from impairing the movement of switches, especially switches that are thrown
Today switch heaters are often
powered with electricity, but in the past some type
of combustible gas was often used. I recall when I was young that PC used
combustible gas to heat switches in winter the Harrison NJ area for
the Newark NJ station approach tracks.
Perhaps this is a combustible gas
delivery system for such a purpose? These cars might be used to refill storage
gas containers in remote locations, or the cars might just simply be parked and
connected up to a gas pipe system, with the car being replaced with a fresh one
when the gas runs low?
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Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2021 12:14
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: CN Gas
Tank Car 51860 (1937)
Photo: CN Gas Tank Car 51860 (1937)
A photo from the Denver Public Library:
Click on the double-headed arrow and then scroll to
enlarge the image.
Appears to load/unload from the car's end.
I don't have any particular information on this car, but based upon the
visible stencilled built date of 11/15 on the flat car itself, the most likely
source was a CN 651264-651459 series flat car, originally built for the
Canadian Government Railways as CGR 26000-26199. I see the "1/19" stencilled
on the tank itself, which does provide a possible conversion date – given the
unusual design of the tank, I'm inclined to think that it was specially built
for this use, although one cannot rule out the possibility that it had been
recycled from another use. The most recent reweigh is stencilled as "HQ
12/35", which translates to CN's Pointe St. Charles shops in Montreal.
Osgoode, Ontario, Canada