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Author:  technoty [ Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Santa Fe water tank car

Two months ago I checked a tankcar body in the desert town of Vidal Junction in California. I found out that it's ATSF 100800, the original member of the Tk-L class of one hundred cars built in 1930. Some cars were assigned to a major domestic water hauling service from nearby Blythe, from the 1930s to the 1960s. The car I found however has markings that seem to read CLEBURNE and GCSF, hinting a Texas assignment. There's also a small pipe linking to the dome. The body could be storing water.

The class also stood out for the large tank car size of the time and a single steel casting for the underframe and ribbed bottom. There could be an article in Railway Age from 1930 about this tank car, that I wish I read. There's no known member of this class that's preserved by a museum or so. The Vidal Junction car isn't the only survivor.

I don't know who owns the tank body. I will ask questions in a store Wednesday when I go through the town.

Old pictures.
http://www.railmodel.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product_zoom/userfiles/products/4858/ATSF_100800.jpg
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3339923
Magazine ad.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/78/94/04/789404f01688b178634f34849ace9710.jpg
My photo.
https://plus.google.com/106866003430716697564/posts/UXxn492nHGR

Author:  wosborn [ Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Santa Fe water tank car

Sir,

Would you be willing to make further investigation regarding the Cleburne marked water tank carbody, and provide me pictures, and see if you can determine who owns it and whether they would sell it? And let me reimburse you whatever you might consider fair for your time in this regard?

I have need of one of these old Santa Fe domestic water tank cars. Had hoped to find one on trucks but they have gotten pretty scarce.

Thank you.

- William Osborn www.texascompound.com and www.texassantafehistory.com

william@texasenergylaw.com for reply

Author:  technoty [ Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Santa Fe water tank car

Mr. Osborn, you have an email.

Author:  technoty [ Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Santa Fe water tank car

I went on a recent trip to see this tank body again. The former coupler part/lower bottom of the tank's side facing east seems to host a hive. And the bottom hole of the tank is connected to an underground pipe. I never saw the top lid closed every time I see this tank in the town.

Overall, contact was made to two or three different parties and we received no word regarding the availability of an acquisition option. A visit to the county assessors office will occur one day.

Also, the Cleburne marking refers to the location of a test of the tank in the date 8-9-56.

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