Dec 31, 2019
Official Navy photo copied from US Naval Air Station Corpus Christi yearbook from 1950s.
A WWII blimp pilot told me that blimps used aircraft type engines and burned aviation gasoline.
Only photos I can find with my Humble bulk plant.
Here on the left.
It is way in back on the right in this old shot.
I still have THE gas and convenience store on THERR. You can only see pretty much the back of the store the way it sits now. The blue line under the word "THE" on the sign says "EAT HERE AND GET GAS"
Here is the start to another one.
A real great collection of bulk plants and stations. As a young punk, I delivered to each type and I can tell you that in my case the gas stations were, probably more so today, the worst to deliver to. Today, the driver must connect vapor recovery hoses as well as product hoses, drain them, roll them to drain more and then put back into the tubes. Lot of opportunity to screw up a back, even in a young guy. At least that's the way it was back in the 60's & 70's.
Keep up the good work gang!
Way back about 1983 when I was designing the layout I found there was an oil storage facility with a spur in it at Flagstaff; clear visible on USGS, but that's about all I could tell about it then. As Google Earth got better I found out it was what I thought it was; on the same spur that once led out to Southwest Lumber.
When I finally got out there to check it out... it was almost defunct, owner had died, business had changed hands. But it was quite a rail served distribution facility - since then the entire parcel has been bulldozed, siding removed, and put up for redevelopment. But from photos and firsthand.... we're all making one mistake here. Our models are just way, way, way too clean! Mine had an incredible assortment of oddball tanks of various sizes, mostly smaller, they may have been painted at one time, but by my era...wow.... Half the tanks are almost completely rust-colored, at least from the air, and the siding is more buried in dirt than visible track. And I counted....34 tanks of various sizes; one big one like I have on my model and a bunch of smaller ones of almost every size and shape.
When I was there in 2009 there was a fence across the track and a visible tank car way down in there, and to get in there I'd be clearly trespassing. When you model the Santa Fe main, you don't see that many weedy industrial sidings out in the brush like that, particularly in Arizona, so that was the lesson I took away from it. I imagine the crews just loved pushing a loaded tank car down in there and held their breath. And today, the 850 E. Butler is bulldozed clean, but the aerial still shows the track and tanks now a memory.
Randy, you sure got that right. Back in the late 1960's early '70's, while I worked out of the Chevron (SOTEX) Albuquerque Terminal, I also worked part time for our Wholesale Distributor in Bernalillo. That little plant had more holes in the floor than you can imagine, of course all wood flooring was so oil soaked from maaaaany years of use and spills. Oh, those were the days ! ! !
Now guess who is hopefully supplying all of your terminals.....
I hope you all received the memo regarding new product ordering rules. "If you want delivery before upcoming weekend, your order needs to be in by Wednesday morning".... Sounds like a typical oil company ! ! !
Is that N scale?
Heck no! I screwed up. Sorry about that. I didn’t catch the N scale category. Everyone’s modeling is so good I thought they were HO scale. Post deleted.
What scale is it? HO? We can move it to that scale forum and start a new thread.
I hadn't realized this threat included retail gas stations. N scale Showcase Miniatures kit as a Mobil station on my old East Texas layout. It should have been Magnolia for brand used by Mobil in Texas in 1950s.
Two gas monkeya rush to help young ladies in convertible with maiden aunt in back seat, who are asking directions. The station manager is coming out saying he will help them, the guys need to get back to work.
Yes, open nigh hours. Dr. Pepper soft drink was a big east Texas thing.