Y3a #2050 Tender Mystery

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Y3a 2050 as assigned the 18,000-gallon waterbottom tender number 180077 in 1953 and that was the last tender shown that it had until scrapped. That particular tender had been assigned to Y4 2086 and was transferred to 2050 when the 2086 got the 24K ex-ACL tender in ’53. I have no explanation why that tender did not have a cupola. Class K2 engines used the 18K WB tenders until streamlined in 1945-46.


Bud Jeffries


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Subject: Y3a #2050 Tender Mystery


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  <http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4815071> & Western #2050 (rrpicturearchives.net)

Tender: NW 2050 (rrpicturearchives.net) <http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3899493> 

NWHS DS02595-Digital Scan <https://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/detail.php?ID=135689> 

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 <https://brasstrains.com/BrassGuide/Pdg/Detail/23833/HO-Steam-Non-Articulated-Key-Model-Imports-MOUNTAIN-Norfolk-Western-4-8-2-K-2> &W 4-8-2 Key Model Imports (brasstrains.com)


NWHS NW07134-Photo <https://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/detail.php?ID=76538> 

NWHS NW10485-Photo <https://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/detail.php?ID=191597> 


Any other ideas? 


Phil Miller

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