Re: Small town oil distribution: cars/facilities/practices

jim peters


I'm a new member to the group - but in the past I was considering building a diorama of a small town oil distribution facility.

The one article that may be just what you're looking for is of The Bulk Oil Depot at Devils Lake, N.D.
December 1994, Railmodel Journal, page 12. There were a couple of others that might fit your needs - I'll go through my files tonight.

Jim Peters
Coquitlam, B.C.

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Subject: [STMFC] Small town oil distribution: cars/facilities/practices
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 19:05:26 -0500

I'm looking for photos/information on small town oil distributors and the
way this was handled with steam era tank cars.

Standard Oil seems to be one of the main companies.

Some questions:

Rivet patterns on the tank cars
Could they carry multiple products
Types of trucks and brakes
Railroad practices for placement of these cars
Loading unloading facilities
Length of time to unload a tank car
What a local distributor looked like

Lots of questions. Few answers.

Yeah I've search Model Railroader, Mainline etc.

I've seen whole "unit" trains during WWII but not detailed pictures or info.


Gordon Andrews

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