Re: tank car question
That's a large gallonage for a 50-ton car, so I'd suspect the lading
was lighter than water; but liquid tar, naphtha, benzene, and xylene
are all flammable liquids.
Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
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Steelit when unbolted from the tank end. What Carnegie-Illinois
holemight have been carrying in the cars that required a cleanout
workman.that large I can't imagine, but it's big enough to admit a
pressureFrank's wrong in his speculation that the car was a high
AARtank car of some sort, however, as it was listed in the ORERs as
2781class TM, not TP. CISX 2774 was one of ten cars numbered 2772-
gal.which were of 12,650 gal. capacity, unusually large for that day
theGATX car to the left). These ten cars were used to carry a non-
disktank and the absence of safety valves - they had only frangible
thevents. I'd be interested to learn from someone familiar with
haveprocess of producing steel (Tony?) what that commodity might
1920s,been. At any rate, They were AC&F Type 21s built in early the
platformsand the tank cleanouts were probably added later. The dome
detail.were homemade and were certainly added later.
athearnb.. Most tank cars were plain black
rightare way to large. Note the three compartment car in the upper
don'tof the photo. It is noticeably smaller that nearby cars. I
andrecall seeing a multi compartment car next to other tank cars
dome.)the size difference is obvious by comparison. (perhaps also a
gal.single compartment car converted to three compartments. Such
arecars), especially on GATX cars. 6 K gal. three compartment cars
scaleamong the more obvious car types that need to be modeled in HO
of(Micro-Trains has recent produced one in N scale). And Ned is,
anycourse, right that the old Athearn/AHM models are so grotesquely
handrails,(rod tank tie-downs instead of straps, full-circle dome
CISXthat weren't adopted earlier than late 1941), and all of the
linestank cars were gone from the ORERs by mid-1943.
ofthey're largely absent from this photo. On the other hand, none
tothe cars that are close enough for details to be made out appear
thebe welded (and I've done some fiddling in Photoshop to bring up
thedetails as much as possible).Interesting details
all.platforms onsome of the plastic models aren't so crude after
isb.. My perception (Which perhaps comes from the model world)
cars.that full platform cars were much more common on insulated
cameraYet I see a high percentage on non insulated cars in this photo.
supplied bywere homemade, and very crude, additions. Dome platforms
squeezethe tank car builders were much more delicate.c.. Seeing a person in close proximity to the manway, I am
carto get into a car.
aroundthat has a dome showing. It has a circular grab all the way
least athe dome. I haven't noticed this before and yet it is on at
adopted byfew cars in the photo.
Most ofAC&F, the only other significant tank car mfr. by that date.
leasing/the non-CISX cars I can identify in the photo are GATC built and
leasedmaintenance arrangement with GATC, because in the 1930s they
andcars from Pennsylvania-Conley, a wholly owned GATC subsidiary,
photo.that would account for the preponderance of GATC cars in the
thissingle model available that has this. Would this have been an
Ihave been a trademark of a particular builder or tank car owner?
elevatedcan't recall seeing a builder's photo that shows them. However,
rate,loading and/or unloading facilities weren't available. At any
prototypeadding them on a model is very simple, if you're modeling a
(with athat had them.f.. Perhaps most interesting of all is again the second car
indome showing, 3rd car if you include the partial car in front)
thisthe left most row ahs an odd arrangement of rivet lines. Could
earlybe a 5 course car?
available.war years, perhaps because larger pieces of steel weren't
sheetsThere was a single bottom sheet, two side sheets, and two top
cars.with a rivet seam down the center as on three horizontal course
PTC,Standard Tank Car Co. or Pennsylvania Tank Car Co. product, as
underframeswhose plant was next door to STC's, made only their own
carand smaller components like ladders and dome walkways). The next
carin the string at the left of the photo was GATX 18285, a 10K gal.
would bebuilt in 1926-'27.
a mistake to over-generalize from it about tank cars as a whole.