Photo: Great Northern Tank Car 60234/Alhambra Water


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Great Northern Tank Car 60234/Alhambra Water

This is a typical “rabbit hole” story. Yesterday I saw a photo of an HO scale layout with an interesting trackside building with a sign that read “Alhambra Natural Mineral Water”. A Google search revealed a photo of the prototype building that once stood in Martinez, CA. And a search of the company’s website revealed Great Northern Tank Car 60234, labeled for the company but with a Great Falls, Montana, location. The company still exists today, serving California and Nevada.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Todd Sullivan
 

Neat photo & story, Bob.

The tank car kinda looks like a tank strapped to a GN flatcar, with a number change.  Given that the water company operated in Great Falls, MT, it's not too far fetched to believe that the GN might have provided the flatcar to help out an online customer.

Todd Sullivan


Staffan Ehnbom
 

Yes. GN60234 is a legit GN car number for 40' flats 60000-61605 built 1901-1908.

Staffan Ehnbom


Bob Chaparro
 

Ken Martin commented:

“I did a little searching and on Helena History

http://www.helenahistory.org/south_of_helena.htm

I found the photo below. The caption with it says:

"Mineral water from the springs at Alhambra was shipped in tank cars to Great Falls to be bottled and sold. 

The water, however, was eventually determined to be radioactive(radim-228), and unfit to drink.”

The tank car says "Mineral water” This would make it separate from the California company which advertises "pure spring water”.

Still a nice lettered car.”

The Helen History link shows a full photo of the car.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi Bob and List Members,

Bob wrote: "The Helen History link shows a full photo of the car"

That car image can be gotten to directly via the link below...

http://www.helenahistory.org/alhambra_railcar.jpg

Enjoy!

Claus Schlund





On 30-May-22 22:05, Bob Chaparro via groups.io wrote:

Ken Martin commented:

“I did a little searching and on Helena History

http://www.helenahistory.org/south_of_helena.htm

I found the photo below. The caption with it says:

"Mineral water from the springs at Alhambra was shipped in tank cars to Great Falls to be bottled and sold. 

The water, however, was eventually determined to be radioactive(radim-228), and unfit to drink.”

The tank car says "Mineral water” This would make it separate from the California company which advertises "pure spring water”.

Still a nice lettered car.”

The Helen History link shows a full photo of the car.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA