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OOH ! Sorry .. you said TANKers !

Ok some from the eclectic "House of FM "

Pionerexpressen ( Denmark 1950's)

Fleischmann Germany (with and without Brakemans cab)

Robilt ( Australia 1950's... very poor condition, but not abnormal , the paint chipped abysmally right outta the factory so its likely 50% of robilt looks this way now lol )

Hornby France

Hornby UK

Hornby Gas wagon on a flatwagon ...

Bing Germany

Kraus Fandor



Sakai Japan

Well tanker fans...I warned Arnold that I was a "tank - a - holic" so I gathered up a display of Marx 6 " tankers for your review. First, two SF "Middle States Oil" 6" 8 wheel cars, one with "one way" automatic coupler, red frame and "bullet" shaped tank ends and the other with tab and slot coupler, flat tank ends,  and black frame.  Both produced about the same time, 1936-37. The 6" 8 wheel cars did not reappear after the war.

Marx 8 wh SF Middle States Oil tankers

3 more "Middle States Oil" cars, which were available both pre and post war. This picture illustrates that these cars came with a black, red/white, and silver frame.   Although the silver frame car and the red frame car was more numerous pre war it is not an absolute dating feature.  The black frame was the most common post war.  All these cars have the flat ends on the tank.

Marx SF middle states oil 3 frames

Two of the earliest SF Middle States Oil cars.  The one on the left has the short wheelbase, silver lithographed frame which was the first frame Marx used on his 6" cars.  The short wheel base car dates from about 1934.  The other yellow car has an early frame with rounded ends, but longer wheelbase, dating it from about 1935 -36. Note that like most of the early tankers, these two have "bullet" shaped tank ends.

Marx Yellow SF middle states oil tanker 1 short wb

Next up is the Marx # 19847 SDRX Sinclair tankers.  Except for the lithographed number, these are more or less the same physical car as the 553 tanker illustrated above.  Available in both black and green and here with tab/slot couplers.  They came with plastic knuckle couplers post 1953.  Note the lower domes that are color coded and not polished metal like almost all the other tankers in this line.  These were part of the "new" lithographic designs, carrier out in the 1950's.

Marx Sinclair tankers

Finally, the UTLX, Union Tank Car Co, tanker from about 1953.  This has the plastic knuckle couplers that first appeared in 1953 and lasted until the end of the 6" line (and Marx).  This has the larger diameter (18mm) and flatter dome, flat ends, and square end frame.  This is about the final configuration of the tank car.  All of these 6" cars in various forms were available in Marx sets, electric, wind up, and battery almost to the end of Marx production.  As such they represent an extremely successful and long lasting design despite being a long way from scale.

Marx UTLX tanker

Well, that's my tanks for tonight.  Have a great week everyone.

Don

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  • Marx Sinclair tankers
  • Marx UTLX tanker

Well tanker fans...I warned Arnold that I was a "tank - a - holic" so I gathered up a display of Marx 6 " tankers for your review. First, two SF "Middle States Oil" 6" 8 wheel cars, one with "one way" automatic coupler, red frame and "bullet" shaped tank ends and the other with tab and slot coupler, flat tank ends,  and black frame.  Both produced about the same time, 1936-37. The 6" 8 wheel cars did not reappear after the war.

Marx 8 wh SF Middle States Oil tankers

3 more "Middle States Oil" cars, which were available both pre and post war. This picture illustrates that these cars came with a black, red/white, and silver frame.   Although the silver frame car and the red frame car was more numerous pre war it is not an absolute dating feature.  The black frame was the most common post war.  All these cars have the flat ends on the tank.

Marx SF middle states oil 3 frames

Two of the earliest SF Middle States Oil cars.  The one on the left has the short wheelbase, silver lithographed frame which was the first frame Marx used on his 6" cars.  The short wheel base car dates from about 1934.  The other yellow car has an early frame with rounded ends, but longer wheelbase, dating it from about 1935 -36. Note that like most of the early tankers, these two have "bullet" shaped tank ends.

Marx Yellow SF middle states oil tanker 1 short wb

Next up is the Marx # 19847 SDRX Sinclair tankers.  Except for the lithographed number, these are more or less the same physical car as the 553 tanker illustrated above.  Available in both black and green and here with tab/slot couplers.  They came with plastic knuckle couplers post 1953.  Note the lower domes that are color coded and not polished metal like almost all the other tankers in this line.  These were part of the "new" lithographic designs, carrier out in the 1950's.

Marx Sinclair tankers

Finally, the UTLX, Union Tank Car Co, tanker from about 1953.  This has the plastic knuckle couplers that first appeared in 1953 and lasted until the end of the 6" line (and Marx).  This has the larger diameter (18mm) and flatter dome, flat ends, and square end frame.  This is about the final configuration of the tank car.  All of these 6" cars in various forms were available in Marx sets, electric, wind up, and battery almost to the end of Marx production.  As such they represent an extremely successful and long lasting design despite being a long way from scale.

Marx UTLX tanker

Well, that's my tanks for tonight.  Have a great week everyone.

Don

Don, you have as very nice collection of tinplste oil tankers.

Hello tanker fans.  Rainy day here in Texas so I thought I might round up another group of tankers for you all to see.  These are mostly from European or UK manufacturers and I have picked them up over the last 20 years or so, just for fun.

Here is a very old Fandor 4000 gal tanker, from the early part of the 20th century...1910-20

Fandor Tanker He

Here is a much later, likely 1930's Fandor  Shell tanker along with a "stake wagon"

Fandor Freight Wagons

From the UK, a Mettoy SHELL tanker from the 1950's

Mettoy Tanker

The buff / red lettered Hornby ESSO tanker from 1936

Hornby Esso Tanker 36

The follow on to the above tanker from post war, much simpler color scheme and lettering the Hornby Esso tanker from 1949-1952

Hornby Esso Tanker 49-53

The LEUNA tanker from Karl Bub in 1934-36

Karl Bub Tanker 34-38

Finally another ESSO tanker this one from Konrad Dressler in the 1950's

Esso Dressler Tanker 50

Well that's all I have for today..."TANK's a lot" for viewing!

Don

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  • Karl Bub Tanker 34-38
  • Esso Dressler Tanker 50

@Pantenary

Your tank fleet is great! Your catenary is intriguing. Did you build it yourself? If so, do you have plans that you would be willing to share?

Thank you.

Hi Randy:

Sorry for the late reply.  The link to the catenary system is here; you've seen it before, as you commented on it way back.  I don't want to hijack this thread, so please reply over there if you have any other comments or questions.

Thanks for the compliment on the tanks.  They are superb models, and darn near impossible to find.  I happened on this set at Nicholas Smith last month, and acquired a couple more from a Euro-minded member on the forum, @Steinzeit.

@Pantenary posted:

Hi Randy:

Sorry for the late reply.  The link to the catenary system is here; you've seen it before, as you commented on it way back.  I don't want to hijack this thread, so please reply over there if you have any other comments or questions.

Thanks for the compliment on the tanks.  They are superb models, and darn near impossible to find.  I happened on this set at Nicholas Smith last month, and acquired a couple more from a Euro-minded member on the forum, @Steinzeit.

@Pantenary

Nate:

Thanks for the link to your plans. Yours is a most impressive post. Your detail and photos are most helpful. The post must have taken you a huge amount of time.

I have several questions for you.

  • Are your solder joint done with high temperature silver solder or regular tin/lead soft solder?
  • The brass rods from Lowes, are they brazing rods?
  • Did you anneal the rods to facilitate the intricate bends required?

Bravo on a great piece of work and thank you for your generosity in sharing your technique in such great and informative detail.

Here is a Hooker tanker in pre-1950 paint scheme.  There are a lot of Hooker cars out there painted in the later orange with black stripe in the dome area, but only these Atlas cars with the earlier paint scheme were produced.

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And here is a fantasy scheme I run with my red-white-blue fleet.

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