Water Tank Colors...

Discussion in 'Water Towers' started by TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020), Aug 6, 2016.

  1. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Re archive photo of 2-8-2 4116 at Enid: Anyone have ideas what the colors are in the water tank in the background in the picture of 4116? It doesn't seem to be the usual all black water tank paint scheme.

    Thanks, Tom G.
  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Don't belive that it's Enid. Best guess would be oxide
  3. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Frisco.org Supporter


    I have a water tower question for you all to ponder. I wish the attached photo was better, but thus far it is the best I have been able to come up with. It is the two towers that stood in Dixon, one was treated water the second untreated. First, the tank in the background is obviously black, but what would the one in the foreground be, maybe a light tan? The second question regards the tower in the background, it would appear that it doesn't have a roof, would this be because it was in the process of being dismantled or could there be a reason why it was never given a roof?


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  4. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Brad--A few days ago, Karl Brand answered just such a question about water tanks for me. But I can't locate that post now?? Maybe Karl can chime in or maybe someone else can locate the post.

    Tom G.
  5. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    There were numbers of tanks on the various MP lines in the Gulf Coast area without roofs. In really rainy areas rain made up for a lot of the evaporation. Would make a great model, showing water in a roofless tank.

    Man, that is a ghostly picture. Ghosts from the past. The tanks, the multi arm telegraph poles, the depot, the old style grain elevators......from railroading’s glory days ...... I miss them all.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2020
  6. palallin

    palallin Member

    Roofless tank . . . .

    Petticoat Junction!
  7. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The simple answer is that if the water was used for drinking as well as for locomotives, then the tank was covered; otherwise not.

    Ken McElreath
  8. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Never heard that, interesting. There were covered RR tanks in towns with municipal water systems..... although the RR may have supplied potable water to its own facilities. In the 80’s in West Texas I saw a couple of tanks still standing on the T&NO, likely for city water.
  9. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Look at post #2 in this thread. This thread is the only one on Frisco.com with recent posts re:Water tanks

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