Re: Sorting out tank cars
On 9-Jun-05, at 11:51 AM, Tim Gilbert wrote:
Generally, tank cars were either owned or leased from users -Imperial Oil had one of the earliest fleet of tank cars in Canada. At some point they and the Transit Company fleet were merged -- I suspect that the Transit Company was a lessor much like UTLX, GATC, etc. but on a much smaller scale and simply ended up managing the already extant Imperial Oil Fleet. In 1953 as you have cited, the Imperial Oil/Transit Company fleet was purchased by UTLX and formed the nucleus of the Products Tank Line of Canada. Since they shared the UTLX reporting mark of their parent, only the sublettering distinguished their cars. They were still considered a separate fleet however, as was made clear in a 1960 copy of the Tank Car Capacities volume, which separated the Canadian cars into their own listing. Ultimately the Canadian Cars were given PROX markings for Procor, but this didn't take place until the late 1970s/early 1980s.
CGTX was formed in 1932 and by the end of the 1930s had become a significant player in the Canadian Tank Car industry. They have now been renamed GATX Rail Canada, but I suspect that there was a long affiliation with GATX -- certainly their dominant supplier Canadian Car & Foundry was quick to subcontract any tank car type other than a type 103 to GATC for construction, especially for CGTX. SHPX seems to be the only player not represented by a Canadian affiliated operation.
From a quick scan of the 4/49 ORER, it would appear that CGTX was theIt basically boiled down to the Imperial Oil/Transit Co. fleet and CGTX at that time. There were a number of smaller players in the tank car business, but most of them were owner-shippers (primarily oil companies, but some food & chemical companies were represented as well).
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