K2 with black tender

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Sun Jul 13 15:09:29 EDT 2014

Pat and Jim:  There were a number of scrapped locomotives that went to the
scrap yards with "other" tenders .  Presumably the N&W swapped around the
least rusty versions while using up flue time on the healthy steamers.  I
suspect that the scrap yard bought a 'locomotive with tender' on a price per
pound basis so the N&W hooked up  what was available to close the deal.  And
, yes, you needed a coupler at each end to get the dead-in-tow locomotive to
the scrap yard.  Along with at least one K2, I have seen Y5's and Y6's with
18A's behind going west over the cincinnati District to David Jones or
Moscowitz scrap yards down river from Cincinnati.  Unfortunately, it is
impossible to identify which locomotives traversed the line as all numbers
were removed or painted over.

Gary Rolih



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Pat Ryan has called my attention to a photo in the archives under locator
number NW01808 Which shows a streamlined K2 or K2a with an all black tender.
Examining the photo I note that the main rods have been removed, no
locomotive number is visible, and the tender is either a 16 or an 18A. There
are two K1's behind it. All this leads me to the opinion that these engines
are in a scrap line, and for some reason the K2 has had her 22 class tender
swapped before scrapping. In order to move her in a train, she had to have a
tender, and this one was available. What is not clear is what became of her
22 class tender. This late in steam, there were still Y's and A's in service
which could use a 22 class tender; but what became of the original tender of
the recipient? Could this be a direct swap with a Y3a? Makes you wonder!
Anyway, I don't think the streamlined K2 was paired with this tender while
in service.


Jim Nichols

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