are mistaken in a couple of important ways.
prior to WWII, crude was mostly handled by coastal tankers,
not by rail, when shipping to the refineries in the north
to the refined eye, there are clear differences between 8K
and 10K (as well as 6K and 12K) tank cars. Additionally,
there are multiple builders of tank cars and multiple models
of tank cars from the same builder. As a consequence, while
more subtle than with boxcars (which I said) there is a
CLEAR variability between tank cars and they are not all the
Email Originated Outside of Auburn.
Early in the war solid trainloads of CRUDE oil plus large
blocks had to be moved to
east coast refineries (spread from Chesapeake Bay up to
North Jersey) by rail until a huge
new pipeline "Big Inch" I think was completed in 1941 or
1942... It was practical because
large numbers of unemployed tank cars already existed.
When oil was first discovered in Texas, Oklahoma, and
Louisiana there were NO pipelines.
Tens of thousands of tank cars - plain old single dome 10k
8k 12k - were needed to move the
crude and the finished products.
As pipelines were built out, tank cars were eventually in
excess supply for petroleum products
for many years. Many of the available cars we have in HO
scale represent cars built in small
numbers - I mean, there must be 15 models of acid tank
cars, but how many have you seen in
So of course I hope the Rapido X-3 is a success, because
that's one car everyone needs!
On 7/18/2022 10:35 AM, Nelson Moyer wrote:
I thought oil
trains ran primarily during WWII due to the danger to
tankers from U-boats.
of like cars, yes, but unit trains after the war?