Re: FMYX 101, 102 and 103.

Richard Hendrickson

On Apr 13, 2009, at 7:50 AM, cdnrailmarine wrote:

Wondering if anyone can offer information and/or photos of the
following three tanks cars listed in the 1954 OER?

FMYX 101, 102 and 103.

Per the Offical Equipment Register:
Report movement and mileage to:
Owner (non shipper) North end of Great Northern Dock foot of
Campbell Avenue Vancouver, BC Canada.

FM Yorke was a tugboat company operating in the Vancouver area that
specilized in rail-barge towing, building in the 1960's two self
propelled car ferries. This company later became part of Seaspan.

Cars are all "TM"s, with 102 and 103 having heater coils.

I am wondering if these cars may have been used to transport oil
from the Vancouver area refineries to the FM Yorke dock?

Ross, The likely (though not by any means the only) explanation is
that F. M. Yorke's tugboats were diesel powered and the tank cars
were used to supply them with diesel fuel. The advantage of Yorke
owning their own cars rather than having fuel delivered in cars owned
by or leased by the fuel supplier is that the cars could stand idle
while storing fuel for future use without incurring charges.

Richard Hendrickson

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