4-8-0 "survey" results

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Wed Jul 29 15:28:20 EDT 2015

As of 12/31/1955 there were 15 M's left on the N&W locomotive roster.  Seven of the 15 had USRA 10,000 gal tenders handed down  from the K2 4-8-2's after they were rebuild in the late 1940's.  The other 8 M's had 12,000 gal six wheel truck tenders handed down from scrapped Y2a 2-8-8-2's.  The #475 had one of the USRA 10,000 gal tenders. The other popular M - #382_ of Abingdon Branch fame had a 12,000 gal N&W designed tender.  To get the most coverage of the late M's, which those alive today remember, both models with the USRA tenders and the 12,000 gal N&W tenders should be offered.   Harold Davenport
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The tender on 475 was not used on very many M’s.  They used larger tenders.  This would allow for many more numbers/runs.  The extra axles will provide better electrical pick-up too. -- Mark LindseyStuck in the 1930’s

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I thought I should share the results.  We got a significant number of suggestions (mostly tactful, some not)that we clarify which M we were talking to the manufacturer/importer about.  Our discussions hadn't reached that level, as we were simply exploring the possibility of a "low price" N&W 4-8-0.  The results of the survey made it clear that our best bet is the M, specifically the way it looks (tender, fittings, etc.)at Strasburg today.  It is clear to most of our members that some mass-market appeal will, we think, substantially increase the viability of this project. I got some comments about getting my M, M-1, and M-2 straighter in my mind.  I don't have it where I want it, but I'm a lot closer than I was two weeks ago (thank you, again, and as always, Col. Jeffries and Harold Davenport). We got a good number of "You should do the M in a version with variations, especially tenders"; we're going to pass that on, but the cost-effectiveness of that will be determiend by the manufacturer/importer.  We got a good number of "Instead of an M you guys should do []".  We're listening to all of that, but some are probably less likely than others.  I'd like an LC-2, but I'm not holding my breath. And, we got a surprising number of "at that price I'd be interested in one or two".  I'm quite pleased we did this.  We forwarded the results and constructive suggestions to the manufacturer/importer.  We've been asked to keep "his" name quiet for the time being.  It's not Broadway, but we're looking at that type of model with that level of quality and in that price ballpark.  We will keep you posted as to what happens next. For those of you who replied with expressions interest and constructive suggestions/comments/cirticism, thank you. Frank Bongiovanni, NWHS Modeling Committee  
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