Re: Tank Car Unloading was: oil for roads

Steve and Barb Hile

Actually, this photo is of UTLX tank car 56816, a class Z car that was built by General American to its design rather than Union Tank Car's. It apparently has heater coils as evidenced by the cap on the end above the handrail.

What's less clear to me is how the oil is being unloaded. I think that the oil spreader truck requires heat to get the oil viscous enough to flow through the sprayers, so I would think that it would also need heat to enable it to be pumped out of the tank car. So, is one or the other of the hoses adding heat, to the coils or some other way? And what's the purpose of the intermediate tank on the cart, which has hoses to the manway and to the road spreader tank? There's the big squirrel cage blower on the radiator end of the engine on the power cart. The lower hose is at an awkward angle to be attached to a bottom drain.

Isn't it fun to try and analyze old photos?

Steve Hile

----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas Harding" <dharding@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 5:56 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: oil for roads

I have added a photo to the Misc photo album, of GATX tank car #56810, being
unloaded on the M&StL (location unknown) directly into a truck equiped for
spraying road oil. Photo was taken in June of 1954, on an grain elevator
track. Note the jobber has a portable pump, which has hoses to the dome as
well as the bottom valve.

Doug Harding

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