BITUMEN and HEAVY OIL RAIL TANK CARS
1957 and 1959 Tulloch Limited constructed 12 rail tank cars designed to
carry bitumen or heavy oil products. The
underframe design was standardised between all 12 cars, being 36’ long
over headstocks with 6” channel solebars. Bogies were standard RTC
5’6” wheelbase with 33” diameter wheels. Wheel centres were spoked
or 4 hole disc. We have designed a new round cap friction bearing bogie
for the 1960s series.
the twelve cars constructed, two 5000 gallon cars were built for Ampol,
these were unlagged. They were designated to carry black oil products
and fitted with steam heating coils to assist with content discharge, if
required. They were numbered AMP No.32 and No.33 and painted corporate
blue, later becoming NTBF 4032 and 4033 and re-painted black.
7500 gallon cars were built for Bitumen and Oil Refineries (Australia)
Limited, BORAL, all of these cars were lagged. Cars RC100 to RC108 were
fitted with steam heating coils, RC107 and RC108 were also fitted with
gas burner heating tubes and end flues. The gas burner fittings were
identical to the road tankers, which allowed content heating with the
road tanker equipment. All were clad in polished aluminium sheeting with
black painted metal work.
RC100, 101 and 102 had the lagging removed but retained the steam
heating coils for black oil products. The BORAL registered cars migrated
to the TOTAL fleet in the 1970s; TP100 was re-painted black and TP101
and TP102 were painted Indian red with orange TOTAL branding.
final unit in the series was a 7500 gallon car constructed for BHP to
carry Tar products and numbered BHP237.
was a highly necessary commodity during the 1960s and 1970s. In rural
NSW many new roads were being constructed and the sealing of older roads
was taking place due to the rise in automobile ownership.
was loaded and transported hot (up to 400 deg F) and if transported for
longer than 48 hours usually required reheating prior to unloading. As
the need for the product could be anywhere within the country rail
network the cars were designed to be unloaded with a minimum of
facilities. They were regularly discharged directly into road tankers
with only the discharge pipe requiring heating before the contents could
oil or black oil was used in many places where package boilers where
used to produce large quantities of hot water or steam heating like
hospitals, schools and industry. Heavy oil had replaced coal as the
preferred fuel for these applications.
models follow our earlier OAK milk tank cars and TE wagons with
Centurion Tank load in multimedia construction. The
new 36’ chassis is injection moulded ABS plastic part that utilises
our existing 45’ RTC brake gear and the bogies are also from our
earlier RTC and OAK range, with the exception of the new round lid
friction bearing version. We have also included a new 33” diameter 4
hole disc wheel centre for this project.
four unique barrel designs are rapid prototyped masters and then hand
cast in polyurethane resin. The walkways and handrails are etched
stainless steel. The production lead-time was over six months due to the
complexity of the casting, painting, printing and assembly.
couplers are genuine Kadee #158 scale head whisker style.