Re: Tank Cars

Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>


The car is riveted, has wooden running boards, and has the parallelogram with the name within on the side of the tank. As I do not have the capacity to make scans I can not at this time send you one. The tank also has a single long running board to service the tank domes. The photo is a 3/4 wedge shot taken from the end corner looking up so the built date is almost illegible, but appears ?? to be, perhaps, either 2-25 or 8-25!

Tom Olsen
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479

Gatwood, Elden wrote:

I do not have access to that document, but is this a riveted, or welded
car? Does it have wooden or steel running boards? NATX had lots of
oddball cars, but two-compartment cars are rare, nonetheless.

It sounds like one of the Pennzoil cars they had for additives/specialty
refinery products. The decent load capacity with low liquid volume
makes one suspect it was a car for something very heavy, like auto gas
"lead", or other heavy industrial liquids.

Is the logo the parallelogram on the side of the tank, or the smaller



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From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
Thomas M. Olsen
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 12:12 PM
To: Steam Freight Car List
Subject: [STMFC] RE: Tank Cars


While we are on the subject of tank cars, I have a question about tank car that needs some identity. Steamtown in Scranton has a two compartment tank car lettered NATX 4750. A photo of this car appeared in the October 2005 issue of the NMRA "ScaleRails on page 31. On what appears to be the "B" end of the car, there is a capacity of 4577 gallons stenciled. On the sid it shows a Capacity of 80000 pounds, with

a Light Weight of 37800 pounds. The lettering and the North American rectangular logo appears to be original as the car is in deplorable condition and has not been restored. It also looks like it is equipped with Barber spring-plankless solid bearing trucks. To prevent anyone climbing on the car the National Park Service has plated over the stirrup steps at all four corners.

Can anyone identify this car and know anything of it's history? My ORER's only date back to 1949 and do not show this particular car number

in the North American listings.

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road, West Branch
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292

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