Sunday, September 23, 2012

Interchanges 2: Port Chicago


Port Chicago is more important and handled more diverse traffic than I originally thought.  I was aware of the Naval Magazine and its receiving boxcars of munitions for the Navy in the Pacific.  But until my recent visit to the National Archives San Francisco, I was unaware of the significant tank car traffic handled there.  Most of the refineries in the Bay area (Union Oil, Oleum; Shell Oil, Martinez; and Tidewater Associated Oil, Avon) are along the Carquenez Straight on the SP and I had discounted them as sources or sinks for ATSF traffic.  I figured that the Standard Oil of California refinery at Richmond would be my big user of tank cars.  It will still be my largest, but the Office of Defense Transportation commissioned a car detention report that gives a new dimension to that interchange, one that is easily modeled on my layout. 

The ICC surveyed cars arriving Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for the Tidewater and Shell refineries during the last ten days of November 1944 and tracked them until they returned to the Santa Fe for return routing.  Attached to their memo was a three page table showing car number, lading, origin, destination, dates and final destination.  96 cars arrived and 92 departed Port Chicago during the 10 days.  Cars arriving via ATSF at the interchange before the 21st or after the 30th of November were not included.  The table below shows cars handled on the various dates arrived on ATSF, placed for SP pickup and returned to ATSF:

Date
For TW
For Shell
To TW
To Shell
From TW
From Shell
11/20
9

9



11/21
11



1

11/22
4

11

8

11/23




1

11/24
6

10

9

11/25
20
6
7
6


11/26
2

11

4

11/27
7
15
10
15
11

11/28
3
13


12

11/29


4
13
4
6
11/30




4
15
12/1




4
13







total
62
34
62
34
58
34

Although the average was 9.6 cars in and 9.2 car out per day. The low was 0 in or out and the max was 26 arriving, 25 to SP and 19 from SP.  Realism dictates that you mix up the number of cars each day and ops session to ops session.

The original document showed the originating and destination stations, but not the shipper or consignee.  From other sources I inferred the missing data and made a stab at the car routing.

Info for inbound loaded waybills:

Mark
#
Contents
SHIPPER*
Origin
CONSIGNEE
Destination
ROUTING*
COSX
140
CUMENE
ATLANTIC REFINING COMPANY
ATRECO,TEX
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
KCS BEAUMONT ATSF
UTLX
2068
CUMENE
ATLANTIC REFINING COMPANY
ATRECO,TEX
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
KCS BEAUMONT ATSF
OELX
3004
CUMENE
ATLANTIC REFINING COMPANY
ATRECO,TEX
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
KCS BEAUMONT ATSF
RPX
3502
CUMENE
ATLANTIC REFINING COMPANY
ATRECO,TEX
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
KCS BEAUMONT ATSF
EBAX
397
MOTOR FUEL
STANDARD OIL OF LOUISANNA
BATON ROUGE, LA.
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
MP HOUSTON ATSF
PSPX
281
GASOLINE
PHILLIPS PETROLEUM CO.
BORGER, TEX.
SHELL OIL CO.
MARTINEZ, CAL.
ATSF (PHSF)
SWLX
368
GASOLINE
PHILLIPS PETROLEUM CO.
BORGER, TEX.
SHELL OIL CO.
MARTINEZ, CAL.
ATSF (PHSF)
UTLX
17225
GASOLINE
LATONIA REFINING CO
LATONIA, KY
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
L&N MEMPHIS SLSF AVARD ATSF
UTLX
38293
GASOLINE
LATONIA REFINING CO
LATONIA, KY
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
L&N MEMPHIS SLSF AVARD ATSF
TIDX
1286
CUMENE
CITIES SERVICE CO.
LEMONT,ILL.
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
ATSF
EBAX
623
MOTOR FUEL
STANDARD OIL OF LOUISANNA
N. BATON ROUGE, LA
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
MP HOUSTON ATSF
GATX
5053
GASOLINE
SHAMROCK OIL & GAS CO
SHEERIN, TEX
SHELL OIL CO.
MARTINEZ, CAL.
CRIP ETTER JCT ATSF


Info for return waybills:

Mark
#
Contents
SHIPPER*
Origin
CONSIGNEE
Destination
ROUTING*
COSX
140
Empty LCN
CUMENE
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
CITIES SERVICE CO.
LAKE CHARLES, LA
ATSF BEAUMONT KCS
UTLX
2068
Empty LCN
CUMENE
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
ATLANTIC REFINING COMPANY
ATRECO, TEX
ATSF BEAUMONT KCS
OELX
3004
Empty LCN
CUMENE
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
PHILLIPS PETROLEUM CO.
LAKE CHARLES, LA
ATSF BEAUMONT KCS
RPX
3502
Empty LCN
CUMENE
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL

STOCKTON WP
ATSF STOCKTON WP
EBAX
397
Empty LCN
MOTOR FUEL
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
STANDARD OIL OF LOUISANNA
N BATON ROUGE, LA
ATSF HOUSTON MP
PSPX
281
Empty LCN
GASOLINE
SHELL OIL CO.
MARTINEZ, CAL.
PHILLIPS PETROLEUM CO.
BORGER, TEX.
ATSF
SWLX
368
Empty LCN
GASOLINE
SHELL OIL CO.
MARTINEZ, CAL.
PHILLIPS PETROLEUM CO.
BORGER, TEX.
ATSF
UTLX
17225
Empty LCN
GASOLINE
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
HUMBLE OIL AND REFINING CO
BAYTOWN, TEX
ATSF SWEETWATER MP
UTLX
38293
Empty LCN
GASOLINE
TIDWATER ASSOCIATED OIL CO.
AVON, CAL
LATONIA REFINING CO
LATONIA, KY
ATSF AVARD SLSF MEMPHIS L&N
GATX
5053
Empty LCN
GASOLINE
SHELL OIL CO.
MARTINEZ, CAL.
SHAMROCK OIL & GAS CO
SHEERIN, TEX
ATSF ETTER JCT CRIP


More later, I plan to visit the archives again tomorrow. 

John Barry
Cotati, CA

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