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  Athearn 97613 HO Scale RTR 30,000-Gallon Ethanol Tank, GATX/Soy #30862

Road number may be different than photo.



 
List Price: $32.98
Our Price: $26.39
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Guaranteed Order Due: 5/20/2011
Expected Arrival: 11/20/2011

Stock Status:(Out of Stock)

Product Code: ATH97613

Description
 
For years railroads have hauled ethyl alcohol, or ethanol as it is better known. Ethanol is made mostly from corn and is used as an additive to oxygenate gasoline thus reducing pollution. It is also being used in a mostly raw form as an alternative to gasoine. Most of this usage is in the Midwest states like Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Indiana where there is a
plentiful supply of corn.


In 2004 it was mandated by the federal government that ethanol be used to replace MBTE as an additive to oxygenate all gasoline in the state of California. Since California is not a corn producing state the ethanol has to be shipped in from states with large corn crops and ethanol plants. This ethanol traffic boomed in 2004 as several million gallons were needed by refineries
in the Los Angeles harbor area alone, with an additional 800 million gallons needed in the entire state.


To meet growing demand for new tank cars, UTLX Manufacturing has been expanding production capacity with a manufacturing facility in Alexandria, Louisiana. UTLX #205400 is the first car in the initial run from the new plant. The 30,000-gallon car is sized to stage the greatest number of cars at the producer's loading rack and still meet the 263,000-pound gross rail load limit. The Funnel-Flow(R) design facilitates complete bottom unloading.
Features
  • Fully assembled and ready for your layout
  • Photo-etched end platforms
  • Factory installed wire grab irons
  • Scaled from the manufacturer's drawings
  • 3 individual road numbers not available separately
  • Weighted for optimum performance
  • Machined RP25 profile metal wheels
  • Equipped with McHenry AAR upper/lower shelf knuckle couplers per prototype practice

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