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Trackside gasoline retailing
#712262 Thu Jun 28 2018 06:21 PM
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Are any of you familiar with this? I was recently looking at a roadmap site and came across a couple of brands of gasoline that were sold practically straight from the railroad tankcar. For example:

Spur Distributing was based in Nashville, Tennessee and was started during the Twenties as a trackside retailer. By the Fifties, Spur had expanded to serve a number of states. This map was issued in 1953.

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There many brands that started out as tank car stations.
Here are two more tank car operations.
White Fire marketed in about a half a dozen states.
Colonial of Indiana & Progressive marketed the Colonial brand in Indiana & the Progressive brand in Michigan.


Dave

White Fire ad.jpgColonial-Progressive MW 1938.jpg
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Thanks, Dave!

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Jonathan, check out this 'Site( just click on the line): http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=47233&#783374 It has a discussion on "Trackside Stations" with a few images.

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Good stuff, Bob. I see a bonus picture there of The Bomber Texaco station. But the best part was the link to the following picture. I'm guessing a Teamster strike caused a gasoline shortage in post-WWII Detroit. Look at those lines. Also, was Ethyl worth the extra penny?

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Bob Richards #712326 Fri Jun 29 2018 07:22 PM
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Bob , thanks for posting the Tankkar station photos . I'm currently looking for a broken LGB Tank car as these are the scale I need to replicate one in 1-24th scale


see ya on the road folks !

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