Re: General Petroleum Tank Cars - Questions

Kenneth Montero


Thank you. Since it was mounted on around post, I did not know if it had a mechanism that rotated the post, as would be the case if a brake wheel was attached.

Ken Montero

On 07/17/2022 9:07 PM Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:


That a lever handbrake, and it works just like every other lever handbrake. Lift up the lever, push or pull to tighten the attached brake chain. A ratchet mechanism allows the tension to be maintained, and to cycle the lever action.

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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Subject: [EXT] [RealSTMFC] General Petroleum Tank Cars - Questions

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Can anyone describe the "brake wheel" mechanism on GPCX 259? How did it work?

Ken Montero

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From: Richard Wilkens <railsnw123@...>
Date: 07/17/2022 4:45 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] General Petroleum Tank Cars

Besides building new freight cars Pacific Car & Foundry also rebuilt numerous cars. In 1927 they cleaned and painted 5 tank cars for General Petroleum in Seattle. Here are photos of GPCX 203 and 259. Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive Collection.

Richard Wilkens

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