Obsessed with tank cars

Randy Stahl Dec 22, 2012

  1. Randy Stahl

    Randy Stahl TrainBoard Supporter

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    They have these in HO scale , be really cool to have some in N . ( Are you listening Bachmann?)
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  2. paperkite

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    Not too sure about who sells who's gas. Late 60's I drove doubles tanker while in college in Idaho ( Pocatello ) and the bulk plant where every distributor got their loads all came out of the same pipe. Texaco, Shell, Conoco, Enco,Sinclair. The only difference was the additive and I had a five gallon bucket that I used to get the additive and dump it in the 4000 gallon tank prior to the fill . The distrubution panel had the five brands and a button for each and one would put their bucket under the pipe and then hit the button for the brand you were getting and it would run out the correct amount for what ever fuel octane you were getting . One time they had Alantic Richfield and I was able to get a quart of pure additive . Ha ,boy when I mixed 2 ounces to 10 gallons my '56 Ford with a 272 cu in V8 4 bbl carb ran like the dickens. All gasoline is basic and the refineries took turns selling the base and then each brand added it's own additives . Probably not so much these days.
     
  3. OC Engineer JD

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    My favorite N Scale tankcar. :)
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  4. Philip H

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    Hubba Hubba! I know I've seen those before - remind of it origins?
     
  5. Randy Stahl

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    They are still getting a good price on E Bay .. Impressive car for sure but I am more impressed with what YOU have done with the car !! Fine model for sure !!

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  6. OC Engineer JD

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    Philip, thats an old 1970's Atlas model I got on ebay. I changed the trucks to BLMA trucks and added MT couplers and Gold Metal Models walkways on top. Finished it off to look like it was nearing the end of its service like the real one before it went on to become a museum piece. And Randy is right...they still get a good amount on EBay. Should be a good argument for Atlas to re-tool and re-release. :)
     
  7. OC Engineer JD

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    The biggest improvement you can do on these models IMHO is to change the trucks and wheels.....see here how much of a difference it makes.
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  8. Carl Sowell

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    JD - nice job of upgrading the tankcar. I have two of those that I need to "fix". Did you use 100 ton truck or did they have heavier trucks? Also, did you ever encounter one as a hoghead and if so, did these move under special dispensation or did they max out at 263,000 lbs on rail?

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  9. Randy Stahl

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    There was only one of these cars built , our model cars vastly outnumber the prototype.

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  10. mu26aeh

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    Maybe not obsessed, but I have 12-15 of the Atlas Trinity Corn Syrup cars and have no destination for them.
     
  11. OC Engineer JD

    OC Engineer JD Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I used the 100 ton trucks. I think thats right on the prototype too. This car was rated at 246,700 lb. capacity at 60,018 gal. I never moved this car at work as it was long gone before I started hogging...lol The closest I moved was 6 axle tankcars from the BP plant in Lima OH. Would like to do a model of those someday too. :)
     
  12. ogre427

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    Finally got Micro-Trains couplers mounted on my Bachmann three dome tank car. I removed the stock coupler, cut off the screw boss, and shaved down the sides of the coupler box to make a flat pad, then screw mounted a Micro-Trains 2004 coupler. I still need to find slightly shorter screws or dab a little black paint on the protruding screw threads, but they will do for now.



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  13. Jeepy84

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    I usually try to avoid thread resurrection, but this one seems to have a fair amount of useful links, including that UTL pdf.

    Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what sort of tank car would have been used to ship methanol and acetic acid around the turn of the last century. Would they be wooden horizontal tanks like the Railhead Water Car, or more like a vertical pickle vat car? Recalling my organic chemistry class, I'm guessing methanol could be shipped in a steel tank, but acetic acid could not because it would destroy it.

    I have one of the Railhead kits, but figure I'll need more than one car, and making more from scratch mounted on a Fine N-Scale flat shouldn't be too difficult.

    Any insight is appreciated.

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  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This is exactly why we allow resurrecting. Any thread not locked can be brought forward again, at any time. The information already contained, with newer additions, can be of great value to many of us. :)
     

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