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Subject: Re: [CBQ] New Rapido UTLX 10,000 Gallon X-3 Insulated Tank Cars
From: "William Hirt" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 13:13:51 -0500
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A primary source of asphalt is oil refineries. It is created by using one of by-products of the refining process mixed with rock. Even after the Standard Oil monopoly breakup circa 1910, the various Standard Oil companies still used UTLX cars as UTLX was originally part of Standard Oil. A good estimate would be the cars came from the large Standard Oil of Indiana refinery at Whiting, IN. Wisconsin was in the Standard Oil of Indiana marketing territory.

Other refinery shippers did use UTLX. According to Steve Hile's UTLX book, UTLX over the years absorbed tank cars from Skelly, Pure Oil, Marathon, Shell and Conoco. So I think it is reasonable to expect they used UTLX cars when needed to ship product. Shell had a refinery in Roxanna IL which is on the Illinois side of St. Louis.

I found this map of the Standard Oil marketing territories in the late 1960s:


This is why brands such as Esso had branding such as Humble and Indiana Standard had American and UTOCO to sell product in the other Standard marketing areas.

Bill HIrt

On 6/15/2024 11:12 AM, Tom Mack via wrote:
Rapido just announced a new run of their UTLX X-3 tank cars that includes 10,000 Gallon X-3 Insulated Tank Cars which among other things, were used to carry asphalt. Why this is of importance to Q modelers is that large blocks of these cars are confirmed as traveling on Train 97 from Galesburg to Savanna and on to the GB&W interchange at East Winona for destinations along the GB&W in Wisconsin. These cars were in the UTLX 60000-62999 series and the UTLX 64000-64999 and 66000-67999 series. The Rapido cars being offered are  60016, 60064, 60503, 60531, 61714, 62288 and fit perfectly for CB&Q asphalt transport use.

We have very few CB&Q wheel reports for Train 97 (I only have three), and two of these have large blocks of asphalt cars. For example CB&Q Train 97 on June 4, 1966 (summer road work season) has a block of 11 UTLX tank cars that contains the following 10 UTLX X-3 cars carrying asphalt bound for East Winona GB&W interchange: 67241, 61944, 61826, 62634, 62949, 62959, 62088, 67130, 64508, 61935, 66172. All 10 cars are destined for Asphalt Products Company is Stevens Point, WI on the GB&W.

CB&Q Train 97 on July 21, 1966 (also summer road work season) has a block of 10 UTLX X-3 tank cars carrying asphalt bound for East Winona GB&W interchange and then to WAUCOUHIG (Waupaca County Highway Department) in Ogdensburg, WI on the GB&W: 62420, 62886, 66699, 67924, 62397, 62484, 61690, 69050, 66966, 60812.

The significant blocks of asphalt cars that turn up in just 2 of 3 CB&Q wheel reports indicates to me that this was a common CB&Q shipment, at least in the summer of 1966 on the CB&Q to GB&W. So I am buying a number of these cars to run in a block.

The question now is, where did the asphalt come from? Was there a major refinery or facility that produced asphalt that would have been carried on Train 97 and perhaps then to other parts of the CB&Q system as well?

(I have no affiliation with Rapido but am VERY glad to see them doing these insulated 10,000 gallon X-3 tank cars!)

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