Y3a #2050 Tender Mystery

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Tue Aug 10 13:06:25 EDT 2021

 That's an 18,000 water bottom tender,  same as the one modeled in the brass unstreamlned K2. Several Y3's received them in the late days of steam.
Jim Nichols
    On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 04:57:51 AM CDT, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:  
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I was looking at photos of N&W #2050, on display at the museum in Union, Illinois. I noticed in NWHS photos that its tender changed at some point. I’m guessing that this happened in later years of its operations.

I noticed the tender it retired with has buckeye trucks and a straight tank side. I looked at photos of brass models and think I determined the difference. It looks like it might have an unstreamlined K-2 tender without a doghouse? 


Engine: Norfolk & Western #2050 (rrpicturearchives.net)

Tender: NW 2050 (rrpicturearchives.net)

NWHS DS02595-Digital Scan

At this link, you can view a ¾ view of the fireman’s side of the tender matching the angle above. N&W K-2 unstreamlined brass model: HO Brass Train KEY N&W 4-8-2 Key Model Imports (brasstrains.com)


NWHS NW07134-Photo

NWHS NW10485-Photo


Any other ideas? 


Phil Miller
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