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Amoco Oil ARA III Tank Car AMOX #9465

 
 
Amoco Oil ARA III Tank Car AMOX #9465 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2021
1. Amoco Oil ARA III Tank Car AMOX #9465 Marker
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Manufactured: 1919
Capacity: 10,027 gallons
Top manway
Unloading: Bottom outlet

American Railroad Association (ARA) Class III tank car AMOX #9465 was used by the American Oil Company (later known as AMOCO) for 60 years to haul petroleum products from refineries to locations across the American railroad system. This car is riveted together. Tank cars build in the 1940s and later are welded instead of riveted.

Cars of this type have been used by railroads since the 1880s for hauling petroleum products, chemicals, ink, vinegar, molasses, orange juice, and other liquids as well as liquefied gasse, compressed gasses, and solids that have been liquefied.

Steam flows through pipes in this car in order to heat the liquid inside and make unloading this car easier.

Tank cars comprise only 0.5% of rail freight fleet today. The majority are owned by leasing companies or individual shippers. Strict regulations dictate the placement of tank cars within freight trains. The location is determined by the contents of each car.

All ARA tank cars were removed

Amoco Oil ARA III Tank Car AMOX #9465 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2021
2. Amoco Oil ARA III Tank Car AMOX #9465 Marker
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from service by January 1, 1975 due to stricter safety regulations.
 
Erected by Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1975.
 
Location. 37° 16.405′ N, 79° 56.809′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Norfolk Avenue Southwest and 3rd Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk Southern Research Car #31 (a few steps from this marker); Whitcomb 30DM31 Diesel Switcher (a few steps from this marker); Trailer Train Flatcar #470534 and Sea-Land Containers (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk & Western ALCO C630 Diesel-Electric #1135 (a few steps from this marker); Celanese Porter Fireless #1 (a few steps from this marker); Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002 (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk & Western EMD SD45 #1776 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining Train (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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