Re: Canisters In Gondolas


I can't say "typically" but during WW2 they were used to move kerosene. Early in the war when the u-boats were severely affecting coastal tanker traffic. Attached from Library of Congress. LV 27248 with canisters. Caption below

This is caption for LOC photo posted at 


"Formerly used to moved cement, this container car is the first of one hundred to go into service as a petroleum carrier. All of the hundred cars are expected to be moving kerosene from Destrehan, Louisiana, to Chelsea, Massachusetts, by mid-April, according to the Office of Defense Transportation"

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