ICC-103 vs. ICC-104 Tankcars for Gasoline


Bob Lucas
 

Several sources state that casinghead gasoline (liquid hydrocarbons
extracted from natural gas) had to be shipped only in class ICC-104
insulated tank cars during the steam era. Was this true for refined
gasoline or were standard ICC-103 general purpose (non-insulated) tank
cars used? Bob Lucas


Richard Hendrickson
 

On Feb 11, 2006, at 2:28 PM, Bob Lucas wrote:

Several sources state that casinghead gasoline (liquid hydrocarbons
extracted from natural gas) had to be shipped only in class ICC-104
insulated tank cars during the steam era.  Was this true for refined
gasoline or were standard ICC-103 general purpose (non-insulated) tank
cars used?
ARA-III/ICC-103 tank cars, both insulated and non-insulated, were
widely used to ship gasoline. For example, in the forties the U. S.
Army purchased a large number of non-insulated ICC-103s from both AC&F
and GATC to transport aviation fuel. And the tank car fleets of many
petroleum companies consisted entirely, or almost entirely, of
non-insulated ARA-III/ICC-103 cars.

Richard Hendrickson