Re: What tank cars would be most appropriate for roads operating around Chicago...
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Numerically in the 1930's, the vast majority of tank cars were
not Type 21's and Type 27's which were more or less "state of the
art" designs. With the advent of oil pipelines, many thousands of
earlier tank cars became "underemployed" and the number of new
tank cars built in the 1920's to 1940's was only a fraction of
the earlier production numbers. And the earlier cars looked very
different, since many (most?) of them had radial rivet seams
(around the diameter of the tank) instead of horizontal seams
like the ACF Types 21 and 27.
Unfortunately in HO scale, for other builders and other designs,
the only option is resin kits, and there aren't that many of them
Generally you can trust the lettering on the Proto 2000 models but
you're taking a big chance with Intermountain models! It helps to
have an appropriate Equipment Register (ORER) for your era so you
can check up on the owners and car numbers.