Auxiliary Water Tenders

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Tue Nov 22 19:03:59 EST 2005

The intent was to buy larger tenders in good condition that could
replace older rusty tenders that could go into the rebuilding process
and be converted to aux tenders. The old rusty tenders had the
advantage that the N&W engineering office knew just about everything
about the variety as they had all of the plans for them. So designing
the auxiliary version conversions was relatively straight forward and
could be done ahead of the project. Basically the N&W kept the frames
and trucks and replaced the tops.

Some of the purchased tenders did require some significant reworking,
which was not the intent of the project as this was an expense with
little pay-back time given the age of the steam locomotives in general
and their looming replacement with diesels.

G Rolih

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Around 1952 and such, the N&W purchased tenders from ACL, Pere
and C&O (possibly others also?) to relieve some engine tenders so that
could be converted into Auxiliary Water Tenders.
Does anyone have any ideas why the purchased tenders were not converted
into canteens themselves?
Was it easier for some reason to couple the acquired tenders to the
and then convert the displaced tenders?
Was it because the displaced tenders were all the same 'model' and
therefore all the new parts would be the same?
Were ALL of them basically the same? 16,000 gallons?

Sorry to pepper you with so many questions, but we've got the get the
information before we lose you.

Dave Willis.

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