J 611 Tender Trucks

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Wed Jan 26 20:56:28 EST 2005

Not only the trucks of the 611-613 were different from that of the other 
J's, but the tender bodies were as well. (modeling the last production of 
A's and Y6b's-the flat deck on my Y6b 2194 stuffed model I was very 
relieved to find correct-and that was in 1999 before I knew of the 
differences in the N&W production tenders) That is why I am wishing for a 
replacement for my Bachmann 611's tender: so it would more properly reflect 
the tender used behind that engine. As for the trucks, I will have to look 
at them more closely (the next time I go to Roanoke, whenever that will be, 
since I cannot drive) so I can determine what would be needed with the 
trucks on my model.
Lois J. Ponton
N&W Williamson WV Yard and Engine Terminal

 >I stand by my statement on the tender trucks.  I don't know the
 >>classification numbers for different
 >Commonwealth tender trucks, but the last group of J's and A's had a
 >different design sideframe.  The tender decks on 611-13 were
 >different as well:  They were flat on the top like the A and Y class
 >locomotives.  So my theory is that 611's tender was the one it
 >always had.  It was like only two other tenders (612, 613).
 >None of the HO brass imports ever bothered with the distinction
 >between the tender trucks, except the Jawn Henry was modelled
 >correctly.  A former hobby shop in Roanoke announced that they were
 >going to try to import tenders trucks as made for Jawn so we could
 >correctly model a late A or J. But that never materialized.
 >Rick Morrison

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