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  • More on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 232000 Class Tank Car

    The above view of the CB&Q 232 000 class tank car illustrates an alternative style of lettering compared to the one shown in Bill Glick's article in the December, 1977, issue of PM. Stencil style lettering was used by the "Q" just prior to the BN merger time on equipment being repainted (usually just Maintenance of Way equipment rather than revenue cars). Note the placement of the end lettering. This photo was taken by the author at the West Burlington, Iowa, shops, December, 1977.
    Prototype Modeler - October 1978 - Page 41

    by GERALD A. EDGAR

    This article will provide additional in formation to Bill Glick's article on these cars that appeared in the December 1977 issue of Prototype Modeler.

    The "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy" operated a fleet of railroad-owned tank cars for three specific purposes. The largest number (and the type this article is most concerned about) were designated 'Company Service.' These were utilized for fuel oil (first for steam and then for diesel), mineral oil (to lubricate hump yard mechanisms) and other similar liquids necessary to operate locos and company facilities. The smallest number were used for revenue service and were numbered 130000 to 130049. These are similar to the Athearn 62' CB&Q tank car kit. The final group were those tank cars assigned to Maintenance of Way service. These were down-graded 'Company Service' tanks and were numbered in the 205000's and generally painted M-W orange (although a few kept their black or got silver paint). The data in Table I is relative to 'Company Service' tanks.

    The 232000 class are still common and can usually be found at major yards and terminals on the Burlington Northern, especially at former CB&Q facilities.

    A total of 226 cars remained on the roster at BN merger time. All were built by General American and are designated as DOT class 103. Many were shopped in the mid-1960's (note the 'ALL 10-66' stenciled on the 2 32053 in the photo; 'ALL.' meaning the Alliance, Nebraska, shops) to repair leaky rivets. When model ing these cars be sure to include some 'stains' around the rivets and also rust on the end bands (especially where they join the running boards where they are more exposed to air and moisture on both sides).

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    • Original Author Gerald A. Edgar
    • Source Prototype Modeler
    • Publication Date October 1978

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