Steam Locomotive and "A" Tank Questions

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Wed Mar 1 20:42:30 EST 2006


I have a couple of questions regarding steam locomotives and tenders.
First, what was the general date on which coal bunker extensions started
appearing on N&W steam? Would this have happened all at once, or generally
as locomotives were shopped for repairs, and was there only certain
locomotives to receive this "upgrade"?

What was the purpose for sheathing the smoke boxes of the A's? (not sure
if that would be the correct term to use)

Regarding the "A" tanks, there were 2 main classes of these, correct?
What were the differences between the classes of "A" tanks? And would a
certain class be assigned to certain locomotives?

Thank you!

Michael Stovall

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