Vol. 8, No. 6 November / December 1992  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: N&W Auxillary Water Tenders
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On the Cover: Y-6 No. 2131 with her "dogleg" rebuild tender, pulling an auxiliary water tender, departs Crewe, Va. on May 5,1957 with a long empty train. The use of auxiliary tenders allowed the N&W to eliminate many water stations over the entire system. If no long delays were encountered, a train leaving Crewe could make the run to Roanoke without a water stop.
Articles In This Issue
N&W Auxiliary Water Tenders - James Nichols; Thomas D. Dressler
  Photo Class A 1210 and her Class 22-c rebuilt "dogleg" coal tender and a Canteen equipped with Buckeye trucks. The water hose fittings were the TZ-Quick Disconnect brand and the backup light wiring between the main and auxiliary tender are clearly shown. It is quite evident the main tender backup light has not been cleaned in some time indicating that 1210 has pulled on fo the suppplementary tanks for many months. (Don Wood photo)
  Drawing Track profile between Williamson and Portsmouth (Tom Dressler and Jim Nichols)
  Drawing Comparison of performance between Williamson and Portsmoutn, 1943 and 1951 tests, handlind 13,000 and 14,500 tons respectively. (Tom Dressler and Jim Nichols)
  Drawing Performance comparison, Williamson and Portsmouth, 1943 and 1951 test, handling 14,000 and 14,500 tons respectively (Tom Dressler and Jim Nichols)
  Photo An early N&W A-tank with a short roof overhang on the front end, which indicated a flat front sheet with sharp corners, rides on N&W Class T-40 trucks. Note the lack of inspection hatch at the left front side and 8 warning rail posts along the top. The water hatch was raised to match the height of the rear deck of the larger N&W coal tenders. (Joe G. Collias photo)
  Photo The all welded, rounded corner front end of this tender indicates it as a later model. The new backup lamp was centered on this end and conduit was routed up the end and along the outside of the 9 warning rail posts. Wiring to the lamp was through the tank interior. The drawbar pocket on this end was modified to hold a special tapered shank coupler. This one rode on Class T-82 Buckeye trucks and had the interior inspection hatch. (N&W photo, Tom Dressler collection)
  Photo A-tanks No. 160253 and 160280 at Portsmouth, July 1957, give an excellent comparison of the front end (right) and rear ends. The brackets just above the beam on either end are tender stays which held the tank to the underframe. The conduit for the new lamp on this tender on the right is routed on the outside of the shell. The tender to the left is one of the ex-Pere Marquette, N&W Class 22-l, used with several K-1 4-8-2's near the end of steam. (Tom Dressler collection)
  Photo Class A No. 1215, the last steam locomotive to receive heavy repairs at the Portsmouth Backshop, is on the "Tadpole" ready track and will soon handle an empty train for Williamson. Note the dents in the side of the tank and the heavy patch on the left of the inspection hatch. Below the left end of the beam was the TZ-Quick Disconnect water hose fitting.  (Tom Dressler collection)
The Norfolk & Western's "Super Train" - Jim Detty
Number 1218 at Moberly - John Brummel
Norfolk & Western Tank Car Class T-M - Jim Cochran
  Photo Norfolk & Western Ry. Archival Collection, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Libraries (Virginia Tech collection)
  Photo Norfolk & Western Ry, Archival Collection, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Library (Virginia Tech)
  Photo The finished model is a nice representation of the prototype car. (Jim cochran photo)
Current News - Robert G. Bowers
Pocahontas Print Shop / Structures and MofW Equipment After 1946 - James Nichols
The Powhatan Modler - Thomas D. Dressler
The Virginian Local - Roger Nutting
Norfolk & Western Railway History from Railroad Gazette, part two - Jim Cochran
Reviews - Thomas D. Dressler
Vol. 8, No. 6 November / December 1992  Issue Select