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Appropriate tank cars for late 80's/early 90's layout?

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Appropriate tank cars for late 80's/early 90's layout?
Posted by IDRick on Sunday, March 31, 2019 4:30 PM

What size tank cars would be appropriate for the late 80's/early 90's layout?  I have some 40-foot chemical cars (athearn and atlas).  I found this list in a previous thread which suggests they are okay to use but the author was answering a question for a late 70's layout (see below).  Should I be upgrading to larger cars (my minimum radius is 24 inches)?

credit to: http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/13/t/248488.aspx

Athearn Blue Box 

62' tankcar, used for railroad fuel service even today 
40' chemical tankcar, still several floating around in during the 80's and 90's 

Athearn RTR 
8,000 NACC "Beercan" tankcar, built in the 60's 
13,600 acid tankcars, first built in the late 70's 
20,900 Acid Tankcar 
20,900 General Service tankcar, built in the 60's and 70's 
33,900 LPG Tank, (the style with the short platform) 

Athearn Genesis 
20,000 GATX General Service Tankcar, another great 60's and 70's tankcar, due in 2011 

Atlas 
11,000 Chemical Tankcar, still a few floating around in the 70's and 80's 
14,000 Kaolin tankcars, 70's built 
17,360 Chemical tankcar, 70's built 
20,700 General Service tankcars, 60's built 
23,500 GS tank, 70's and 80's built 
33,000 Whalebelly tankcar, 60's built 

Walthers 
16,000 40' Modern Funnel Flow tankcar, A good 70's era car for Corn Syrup and Kaolin Clay Slurry 
23,000 54' Modern Funnel Flow Tankcar, 70's built Vegetable Oil/ Petroleum products tankcar 
33,000 65' Tankcar, 70's built LPG tankcar

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, March 31, 2019 5:29 PM

Hellooooo!!  where are you?  I just responded to your thread about tank cars in General Discussion, and now this thread?  with all this additonal info?

Geez!

Mike.

 

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Posted by IDRick on Sunday, March 31, 2019 5:39 PM

This was my first version and it got moved while I was editing and I thought it was lost so I resubmitted a shorter version.  Both were posted in GD rather than prototype.  Based on the info in my earlier post, it wouldn't be unheard of to have 40 ft chemical cars in this time period.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:29 PM

Yea, 40' would be fine, in the first thread, I wasn't sure what you had.

I think your list would work OK.  I think probably the average car would be in the 50' to 55' range, as they are now.  Crude oil tankers are about 58', over the couplers, the tank itself is about 52'.  The cars for LP and Anhydrous amonia were/are in the 65' variety.

I think your 24" radius will be fine, it works ok for me, even the 65' cars.

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Posted by IDRick on Sunday, March 31, 2019 9:04 PM

Mike, thanks for the information!  I've been busy searching on E-bay.  Was able to find some 50-ft tank cars that work well for multiple industries.  Some require assembly and are a bit cheaper but tanks do not always go together well without some extra fiddling.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, March 31, 2019 9:15 PM

The MDC/Roundhouse 50' cars go together good, the Walthers cars, with the tank split down the middle, can be a challange.

Plano makes etched brass parts for the Roundhouse cars, the platform around the dome, and the ladders.  Kind of jazzes them up a bit, although the Roundhouse cars come with a see-through plastic grating around the dome, which also looks fine.

http://www.planomodelproducts.com/htankcar_scq.html

#305.

Also, in Ebay, look for River_city_railroad.  He has undecorated kits.

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Posted by IDRick on Monday, April 01, 2019 11:57 AM

Thanks Mike, I decided to go with the MDC/Roundhouse cars.  Thanks for the tip on the see-through plastic grating, will definitely use it to upgrade my three unassembled tank cars.

What is River_City_Railroad?  Is it a store?  I must be searching incorrectly as E-bay has no hits for that name (with or without underlines).

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, April 01, 2019 12:02 PM

The cars I got from RCR, came with  see-through plastic grating,   The Plano etched brass, you have to order from Plano.

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Posted by kasskaboose on Monday, April 01, 2019 12:57 PM

Well-before worrying about the type of tank cars, it helps to know why to run them?  Are you modeling an industry that needs them? Enjoy their appearance?   Like watching them go around curves, etc?

I model the early 1980s and have a few tank cars.  I don't need too many since you didn't see a lot in many parts of southern VA.  That region has coal, coal, coal!  I can put them on consists that serve the ag business or a small fuel dealer with AA/LPG.

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Posted by IDRick on Monday, April 01, 2019 2:09 PM

kasskaboose

Well-before worrying about the type of tank cars, it helps to know why to run them?  Are you modeling an industry that needs them? Enjoy their appearance?   Like watching them go around curves, etc?

I model the early 1980s and have a few tank cars.  I don't need too many since you didn't see a lot in many parts of southern VA.  That region has coal, coal, coal!  I can put them on consists that serve the ag business or a small fuel dealer with AA/LPG.

 

 
Yes, I did and do have a pretty good idea of what I am hoping to achieve.  My recent purchases help to accomplish my objectives.  Thanks for asking!
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Posted by maxman on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 10:38 AM

IDRick

Thanks Mike.

What is River_City_Railroad?  Is it a store?  I must be searching incorrectly as E-bay has no hits for that name (with or without underlines).

 

Mike????

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Posted by IDRick on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 10:50 AM

maxman
IDRick

Thanks Mike.

What is River_City_Railroad?  Is it a store?  I must be searching incorrectly as E-bay has no hits for that name (with or without underlines).

 

Mike????

 

The link to the ebay store comes up if you search for RCR River City Railroad on Google.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 10:54 AM

I just sent you a PM about it.

Mike.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, April 05, 2019 10:28 PM

If want to mix things up a bit, and give some of your MDC cars a different look, try these:

https://ppw-aline.com/products/29400-modern-tank-car-ends

It's an assortment of tank car ends that fit on the Roundhouse/MDC 50' tank cars.

Mike.

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