CDLX cars in Iowa

Mike Brock <brockm@...>

Richard Hendrickson notes:

True, but Western Asphalt was in Santa Maria, CA and Ned models
somewhere in the wilderness east of the Mississippi, where there was
no chance that a California Despatch Line tank car assigned to
Western Asphalt would have turned up, even by accident.
While the following does not dispute Richard's comment about CDLX cars carrying asphalt, it is interesting to note that California Despatch Line tank cars did make it east of the Mississippi's close buddy..."Across The Wide Missouri"... at Council Bluffs and very likely traveled on eastward into the vast wilderness of Iowa, Illinois and other primitive places.

Of the 17 EB frt trains in my Fraley [ April 1949 ] there are 31 cars carrying wine. Most are tank cars although 4 PFE reefers show. Of the tank cars, there are 9 SHPX, 12 GATX, and 3 CDLX. All of these wine carrying cars are traveling to the eastern end of the UP Wyoming/Nebraska trunk at Council Bluffs except 2 to Omaha and KC. At first I was somewhat surprised that none were stopping somewhere in Wyoming but, upon reflection, perhaps something stronger might be required there. In fact, 2 box cars carrying whiskey show up in WB's but, alas, both are destined for LA [ not unexpected ]. While not looking for asphalt carrying cars, I did note one...GATX 61816...traveling to Council Bluffs [ and likely east of there ]. No origination is available although it had to have originated west of Rawlins, WY since the listed train began there.

The three CDLX cars are #318, #904 and #769. 318 and 904 appear to be compartment cars [ 80,000 lbs ].

I'll look for more asphalt carrying cars.

Mike Brock

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