Image 1 - Completed Tender
This tender consists of two parts. - The tank, and the coal chute.
The tank will carry water for the boiler. The coal chute will carry fuel,
a battery for the headlight, bell motor, cab lights, and train brakes
and will serve as the engineer's seat.
The tank is an off-the-shelf 11 gallon air tank with the handle, feet, and
hose attachments removed. The chute is made from 1/8th inch steel plate
The following is a description of the components of the coal chute.
Image 2 - The Rear Wall
The upper rear wall of the coal chute welds directly to the tank. It also
welds to the wing walls as well as the walkways that extend along the
tank. (You will see these parts described later.)
Image 3 - Rear Wall to Tank Location
Here, the rear wall is in position on the tank. Some of the paint must
be ground away before welding.
Image 3 - The Wing Walls
Called wing walls (by me and not the rail industry) because of their shape.
In reality, these are the left and right side walls of the coal chute. They
weld directly to the upper rear wall, the coal chute itself, and the front
Image 4 - The Foot Walls
The foot walls support the coal chute. They weld directly to the front wall,
the upper and lower rear walls, the floor, and the coal chute.
Image 5 - The Front Wall
The front wall faces the locomotive. Ordinarily it would have doors that
would open to the coal chute. I have chosen to leave it as a solid piece
since I don't need access to the bunker on that side. It welds directly to
the foot walls, wing walls, and the bunker floor.
Image 6 - The Bunker Floor
The floor of the coal bunker is the largest single part of the coal bunker.
It welds directly to the foot walls, the front wall and to the lower
Lower Rear Wall
and Coal Chute (sort of)
Image 7 - Bunker Rear Wall and Chute Floor
The coal chute has an angled floor, sloped from the back to near the center
of the coal tipple and a horizontal floor the rest of the way to the front.
Ordinary, the chute would extend the width of the tipple. In my case, it is
no wider that the distance from the wing walls to the feet. This creates a
larger storage area for fuel, batteries, pumps, and a compressor, underneath
what will be the engineers seat.
The strips at the top of this photo are what's left of the coal chute. At
the bottom is the lower part of the rear coal bunker wall. This also welds
directly to the tank.
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