28% CoM­PleTe: ‘T1’ geTs a TeN­der

Steam Railway (UK) - - New-Build | News -

Amer­ica’s $10m new-build project, Penn­syl­va­nia Rail­road ‘T1’ 4-4-4-4 No. 5550, is al­ready 28% com­plete by weight - thanks to the dis­cov­ery of a suit­able ten­der. Pur­chased from the Western New York Rail­way His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety (WNYRHS), the 16-wheel, 200,000lb ten­der, hold­ing 31 tons of coal and 21,000 gal­lons of wa­ter, is the last known sur­vivor of its type. Last used be­hind an ‘M1’ 4-8-2, it is es­sen­tially iden­ti­cal to a ‘T1’ ten­der, but with­out stream­lin­ing. De­scribed as be­ing in “ex­cel­lent con­di­tion” it is to be re­stored in au­then­tic dark green at a cost of $45,000, sav­ing the es­ti­mated $3m needed to build a new ten­der. The T1 Trust has agreed with the WNYRHS to keep the ten­der at its Buf­falo, New York, base for up to 30 years at an an­nual cost of $1. Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of No. 5550’s stream­lined prow ear­lier this year, its cab has been built by Curry Rail Ser­vices - based in the for­mer PRR Sa­muel Rea Car Shops in Hol­l­i­days­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia. Hav­ing cast the first two Box­pok wheels in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and March this year, the Trust is look­ing ahead to the con­struc­tion of the frame - which, like many US lo­co­mo­tives, is a steel cast­ing. A foundry ca­pa­ble of do­ing the job has been iden­ti­fied, but it is pos­si­ble that it will have to be fab­ri­cated from smaller cast­ings. An orig­i­nal ‘T1’ whis­tle has been do­nated, and thanks to another lucky find - a Franklin Rail­way Supply in­struc­tion manual - it has been de­cided to fit the Franklin ro­tary cam pop­pet valve gear used on the orig­i­nal No. 5550 in 1948. Like the UK’s new-build groups such as the ‘P2’, the trust is rais­ing funds through a monthly do­na­tion scheme. For more de­tails, visit the web­site at prrt1steam­lo­co­mo­tivetrust.org


The Penn­syl­va­nia rail­road 16-wheel ten­der pur­chased for new-build ‘T1’ 4-4-4-4 No. 5550. It re­sem­bles some­thing from a sci­ence fic­tion movie, but ac­tu­ally it’s a new-build lo­co­mo­tive across the at­lantic that has a ‘face’ - Penn­syl­va­nia rail­road ‘T1’ 4-4-4-4 No. 5550. The front end of the stream­lined ma­chine - dubbed the ‘shark’s nose’ - has been painted, com­plete with num­ber­plate.

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