Nov 2, 2015
The downside is the fuel from the truck has road tax on it , off road fuel is much cheaper.
We gladly reimbursed the trucker for what he had paid for it. When the fuel truck finally arrived we filled up on non taxed diesel fuel.
Amtrak does this daily in Minot, ND.
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Also Salt Lake City, Omaha, and Denver
The UP fuels their trains from trucks west bound in the Elko NV yard, east bound uses the fuel risers.
You wouldn't believe the huge number of boaters who don't know this and pay hefty taxes instead of taking their boats to a fuel dock. I even saw folks carrying five gallon cans to their boats berthed in a marina with a fuel dock...sheesh.
Also Amtrak refuels at Albuquerque, NM and Fort Madison, IA (Eastbound Southwest Chief).
MoPac at Laredo, TX:
And a somewhat earlier scene:
Amtrak fuels the Auto Train at Florence, SC each way when the crew change takes place. Don't know if they have a designated 'fueling rack' or if truck fueling is used.
Referring to the first picture of the 2 nov 2015 looks like it may be water since these locos had a steam bolier and water tanks, reminds me of the water pipes alongside the station tracks to refill the water tanks in the passenger cars here in italy (water was for the toilets) as electric HEP has been the norm since the late 50es. It is my understanding that water in the bolier tanks runs out before fuel.
Interesting theory, well considered. But I don't think so. The headlight shroud marks that as a WWII shot. At that time, water facilities were still everywhere (as was steam power). But the Santa Fe, though the originator of oil-burning steam, still had districts full of oil burners and districts full of coal burners. So, certain districts could still have lacked permanent oil fuel facilities.
Also, those engines took boiler water through the roof. Was there any other way to fill those tanks?
Could this be fuel for a flash boiler, used for train heat?
These used Vapor-Clarkson units, which shared the diesel fuel supply with the Winton 567s.
And I can't believe autocorrect just changed 'Winton' to 'Wonton'. Why not Wanton Diesels?
But I guess the veggie oil the Grand Canyon locomotives burn could have fried won ton. With six you get egg roll...
In the Delano picture it looks like both fuel and water. There are thee units there and four hoses. All three are getting fuel with the black hoses from the rear tank car, while the first unit is also getting water with the lighter color hose and the first tank car.
There's a fill hatch above the lead truck ahead of the center axle. This picture shows the location.