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Tank Wagon #417230
Tue May 21 2013 02:34 AM
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Tank Wagon, a term used for over 100 years.

It brings to mind a two axel truck that has a tank mounted on the back and is not really a “wagon” at all. Of course the name originally applied to what it describes, a tank mounted on a wagon, to haul liquid commodities like crude oil, refined products or just water.

I have transported petroleum products for 30 years, most of that time delivering light products to stations and bulk plants. For many years now, I have enjoyed collecting photos of “old gas trucks”. While my passion is for Tractor Trailers, I have accumulated a collection of old “tank wagon” photos as well, spanning 100 years.

The styles and variations of these vehicles over the years are almost as diverse as women’s shoes. Not to impugn either, but give credit to the rich imagination of their designers.
There have been many threads on Old Gas over the years showing these. Let’s see if we can put those pictures all in one great place.

Feel free to add what you have.

Chuck

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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Gaspedler] #417241
Tue May 21 2013 04:28 AM
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Tank Wagon was the term the company I worked used. It was used on the price sheet ; Tank Wagon 1500 to 2000 gallons or less than a different price. Other companies used terms such as peddle truck or squirt truck.
Note the heavy duty steering knob in the closest tank wagon.

Dave

Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Dave Rowlison] #417317
Tue May 21 2013 11:19 AM
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Uploaded with [URL=http://imageshack.us]ImageShack.us[/

URL] Well,a bit more than a tank wagon,note the hard rubber tires,chain drive.I started driving for Shell in 1967,some of the "old timers" talked about pulling the "grapevine" from L.A. to Bakersfield,they said they could actually get out and walk beside the truck at times because of the grade.True?? I dont know but it was an interesting story! wink
After thought,the old timers usually referred to trucks as Shell clippers.

Last edited by hawkike; Tue May 21 2013 11:35 AM. Reason: clippers
Re: Tank Wagon [Re: hawkike] #417327
Tue May 21 2013 12:27 PM
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very cool pictures!!! I especially love the shell ones..as I drive a big rig I can`t imagine what it was like driving these early trucks..Alan



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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: VEEDOL_AL1] #417340
Tue May 21 2013 02:30 PM
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The Old and Newer.
Lincoln Oil from the early 1920's. If the driver of the Linoln Oil truck saw the one below he would think he was on the planet Mars.

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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Gaspedler] #417342
Tue May 21 2013 02:44 PM
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1949-KB-8 Tank wagon.
The Ohio Oil was the early name for Marathon Oil before 1962.

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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Gaspedler] #417343
Tue May 21 2013 02:50 PM
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1950's Wilco tank wagon. We were still using meters like this to load product at the terminals in the 1980's.
We still use these for off loading. Operators today say they can't find parts for them if they break. Fact is, I think the young bucks have no idea how to work on them.

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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Gaspedler] #417413
Tue May 21 2013 07:25 PM
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Here is me, and my so called tank wagon I have been hauling gasoline and diesel for 23 years now with same company We are a contract carrier for a shell & chevron jobber here in New Mexico

This truck is a Kenworth W900 Flattop sleeper with a 475 Cat 18 speed 355 gears in the rearend's wide open. It gets down the road { Super Tanker }

I have put 925,000 miles on this truck since new ,

Uploaded with ImageShack.uswithout even a scratched fender, knock on wood !

Re: Tank Wagon [Re: HI-OCTANE] #417430
Tue May 21 2013 08:38 PM
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now your talking!!!! awesome truck!!I have probably have seen ya down in new mexico along I-25..txs Alan



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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: VEEDOL_AL1] #417447
Tue May 21 2013 11:16 PM
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That looks like a sweet ride. You wouldn't like our load rack here though. 12' 6" clearance under the Vapor Recovery Line.

Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Gaspedler] #417448
Tue May 21 2013 11:31 PM
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HI-OCTANE forgot to mention, picture was taken in Wendall's Yard.
Still hard to believe he's gone.

Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Gaspedler] #417449
Wed May 22 2013 01:41 AM
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A local tank manufacture ad from the 1970's. The top tankwagon is from the company I worked for.
DB in this ad stands for double bulkhead & these tanks were made of steel so that during the frost law season on county roads a single axle tankwagon could scale less than 600 gallons.

Dave

Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Dave Rowlison] #417482
Wed May 22 2013 06:12 AM
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Some (Hy-Flash) Miller Oil Tankers







Same tanker as the first picture..Look at the tires!!





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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Hy-Flash 72] #417541
Wed May 22 2013 12:54 PM
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Great Topic! I don't know of "any Little Boy" and some "Little Girls" who don't like the looks of Gasoline/bulk Oil Tanker Trucks...

A few images that I have saved:











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Re: Tank Wagon [Re: Bob Richards] #417542
Wed May 22 2013 01:01 PM
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I love the "Art Deco Streamline" look from the 30s!:









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