Re: Pipe loads on the cheap

Malcolm H. Houck


There's bee no mention here of "Drill Pipe" as used in the petroleum
exploration and well drill drilling. This certainly was shipped via rail, given the
remote locations (distanced from mills) of many oil fields. In the era of
this list the U.S. was a major export provider of not only the oil but well
drilling equipment. My recollection is that, after oil was discovered in the
Arabian Peninsula (in the 1930's), the Port of Baltimore was a principal east
coast venue for the shipment of drill pipe. I also seem to recall photo images
of rail shipments of drill pipe on some of the Colorado narrow gauge lines for
drilling in such fields as were within the Colorado narrow gauge "circle."

Mal Houck
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