VGN crane B-8

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Tue Dec 23 08:37:23 EST 2014

I have seen a photo of Virginian crane B-8 at a derailment (probably late
40's). I recorded the service car as 90369. Only about half of the flat car
is visible - no tanks showing. In the TLC equipment book it is listed as an
F-3X. The equipment book also says that it was, at one time, assigned to
B-4 for rail and trucks. The tender may have been disconnected at the wreck
site for better equipment access.
Charlie Long

On Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

>  Question for the group:  B-8 is pictured on the bottom of pg 79 of The
> VGN Railway handbook.  Anyone know what type of tender served with this
> crane?  Was it the VGN “semi-whaleback” (for lack of a better name) or was
> it a more squared off type.  Overland produced this or a very similar crane
> in O scale years ago and it is now painted and sitting the the yard on the
> layout but can’t go anywhere else on the layout because there is no fuel
> and water supply to go with it!
>  Right now the web site is down – waiting for the
> youngest son to fix things.  Once it is up again I’ll add some more photos
> and let everyone know.
>  Many thanks – Michael Ross
>  Ft Worth
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