Re: Turning Boxcars Into Tank Cars


Bob -

During WWII, this practice was a relatively uncommon expedient. An
article in Railway Age of April 17, 1943, page 794, indicated that
100 gondolas fitted with LCL Corp. air activated cement containers
had been refitted with rubber seals and converted temporarily for
petroleum transport for the war effort. When a gon had five air
activated containers in it, it would hold 8,750 gal. of petroleum.
With six containers, one gon would hold 10,170 gal. of oil. DL&W
#68083 with 5 containers was illustrated as an example. The
containers were two different sizes, larger ones being in the cars
with spaces for 5, and smaller ones being in cars with spaces for 6.

A.T. Kott

--- In, "Bob Chaparro" <thecitrusbelt@...>

Here are a couple of images from the Library of Congress
They show an automobile box car which has been converted to a
(temporary?) tank car. The images appear to have been taken during
World War II so the need for oil transportation and lack of need
automobile transportation during that period make sense.

Does anyone know more about these cars and how successful they were?

Here are captions and links to the images:

"Government and railroad officials inspect the new model boxcar
petroleum carrier designed to help the oil shortage in the East. It
is estimated by officials of the Office of Defense Transportation
that one thousand such cars could add more than 15,000 barrels to
daily receipts of petroleum by rail in the East."

"New type of boxcar petroleum carrier which the Office of Defense
Transportation hopes may soon be helping to solve the oil shortage
the East. The car is a standard automobile-type steel box car
with four steel tanks enclosed in wooden boxes. It has a capacity
12,200 gallons--considerably more than the average tank car serving

Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA

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