Modellling Crude Oil and Methanol Operations

Modellling Crude Oil and Methanol Operations by Rich Mahaney

A look at the following topics: crude oil and ethanol products, hazardous materials, placards, loading and unloading facilities, tank cars for transporting these products, unit trains, high-hazard flammable trains and other related information. This presentation is designed to help model railroaders that want to add these unit trains and their operations to their modern era layouts

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Rich Mahaney has been involved with model railroads and trains since he was about 5 years old when that first “Christmas train set” arrived. The railroad and trains interest was further instilled and reinforced in Rich by his grandfather that would take Rich down to the train tracks in the Grand Rapids, MI area to watch trains with him, and the interest has never left. Rich has been interested in modeling the Great Northern Railway (GN) in an HO layout and the railroads that it interchanged with, between the state Washington and the Midwest, as well as the movement of perishables in the late 1950’s.
Rich has been a member of the NMRA for a number of years and severed as the “Superintendent” of the Eastern Iowa Division (Cedar Rapids, IA area) during 2007 and 2008. Rich is serving in his second elected term in the position of “Director at Large” for the NMRA North Central Region that serves MI and parts of IN and OH. Rich is probably most known for his model railroad and railroad related clinics and photography that he has presented in many states and Canada. In 2020, Rich is presenting at 14 different railroad conventions including in Sydney, Australia. Rich enjoys all aspects of model railroading, railroads, teaching and touring other model railroader’s layouts of this great hobby. As an instructor/presenter, Rich has taught in 32 states and 4 countries.