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Date: 06/09/19 19:25
Tank cars question on Washington & Idaho RR
Author: zaltwsp7

Hi, South of Spokane, WA  where US hwy 195 crosses over the Washington & Idaho RR is a small yard with several long blocks of tank cars. My question is are they there for storage? As I don't know of any tank car customers in the immediate vicinity. I don't have photos of the placards but I'm thinking maybe oil tank cars?
Thank you. -Andy




Date: 06/09/19 20:01
Re: Tank cars question on Washington & Idaho RR
Author: SantaFeRuss

They look like Liquefied Petroleum  Gas (LPG) Tankcars.

SantaFeRuss



Date: 06/10/19 04:05
Re: Tank cars question on Washington & Idaho RR
Author: funnelfan

Just a bunch of loaded LPG cars in SITmode (Storage in Transit)

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 06/10/19 12:29
Re: Tank cars question on Washington & Idaho RR
Author: zaltwsp7

Thank you both SantaFeRuss and Ted for the comments



Date: 06/11/19 07:20
Re: Tank cars question on Washington & Idaho RR
Author: 3rdswitch

Many shortlines bread and butter. Even at a dollar a day few for storage, two hundred plus cars add up and on MOST shortlines, every penny helps.
JB



Date: 06/11/19 15:54
Re: Tank cars question on Washington & Idaho RR
Author: kyrasmus

Refiners need to store the butane (and other "light" hydrocarbons) in the summer when the EPA's vapor restrictions don't allow them to be blended into gasoline. When salt cavern storage runs out, you leave it on a railcar and then unload it in the fall when you can blend again.



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