Re: 1940s tank car questions

boyds1949 <E27ca@...>

A neighbor purchased a diesel Farmall "M" (like the Sunshine kit) in
1948 but that was quite unusual. Allis Chalmers did not indroduce a
diesel farm tractor until 1953 or 54.

In Maryland, the same distributers who provided gasoline to filling
stations also provided gasoline and, later, diesel fuel to farmers.
When "modern" electric pumps were installed at the local gas
stations, the old hand crank jobs were recycled as farm pumps. When
the gasoline station pumps were replaced with more modern versions,
the older electric pumps were installed on the farm tanks.

John King

--- In STMFC@..., water.kresse@... wrote:

I would guess that the late-1940s, post-WW2 era was a transition
time between gas and diesel fuel for running larger farm equipment.
Little Ford and Farmall "estate" and "quarter-section farm" tractors
stayed gas feed for some time. Wouldn't a local coal yard keep fuels
of various types? When did they start distributing home heating oil
and running big trucks around to houses and farms? Dad pulled out
the coal fired furnace in the very early-50s.

Al Kresse

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From: "ed_mines" <ed_mines@...>
Did any customers unload gasoline from a team track or a siding as
needed it?

Did farm equipment run on gasoline?

Was tank car utilization greater during the winter when petroleum
couldn't be delivered by water?


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