Progress on my tender

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The tender is a cut down Brachmann big hauler. Sectioned it and chopped it but didn't shorten it. Gave the coal hopper over to three tanks. 2 for fuel oil and one for water. Added a rear headlight with a built in red light. The power switch that controls the batteries and the charging cycle is located under the water fill hatch. The front hatch will be for air vents for the fuel oil tanks. I built a set of steps and a raised platform so crew can move between the engine cab and the tender's valve controls. The cage is for the placement of two 9.6 v battery packs and the top portion will house all the R/C stuff. Plenty of room for all the whistles and bells.
Also added a third set of trucks to receive the extra weight of the fuel oil and water. Haven't converted the couplers yet that will be the last thing I do so everything matches up properly.
Enjoy the pictures.
John T
 

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the second to last pic lets me doubt, if you will not get problems in curves.
 
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the second to last pic lets me doubt, if you will not get problems in curves.
I also wonder about the need for 3 bogies in the Tender ir am I wrong?
 
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You gotta try these things :cool::cool::cool:
 
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the second to last pic lets me doubt, if you will not get problems in curves.
I tried the tender on R3 curves and it did just fine as well with turnouts. This engine/tender up isn't meant to run on R1 curves just the main line which is all R3.
 
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I also wonder about the need for 3 bogies in the Tender ir am I wrong?
The three trucks/bogies (FYI in USAF terms, Bogies are UFOs on radar). Anyway the three truck/bogie set up mimics the tenders behind the UP Challenger and Big Boy. Just looks neat.
As it is said it's my RR and who told UP how to lay track or run a RR. By the way Big Boy will be ready for May 2019 celebration. UP has a lot of influence on my hobby.
 
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Right on I was drawling that same analogy also but wanted to clarify my setup. This is what I really enjoy about this site---all kinds of advice-cautions-questions-problem solvers.:)
 
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When in USAF combat intelligence I would tell nosy people that we planned missions that never were, in countries that didn't exist and flew in aircraft that hadn't been invented yet.
 
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Hah! I have done similar, and let the "overly curious" embarass themselves... one or two good ones where someone went running to the boss to report a non-existant event normally "cured" them permanently! I've had a secret clearance before, you can have some fun. I can tell you that if you are caught speeding, and your passenger has a FBI id, you don't normally get a ticket!

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Hah! I have done similar, and let the "overly curious" embarass themselves... one or two good ones where someone went running to the boss to report a non-existant event normally "cured" them permanently! I've had a secret clearance before, you can have some fun. I can tell you that if you are caught speeding, and your passenger has a FBI id, you don't normally get a ticket!

Greg
That happened to me on I-80 between Linclon and Omaha but I had an off duty State Patrol officer with me.
 
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Hah! I have done similar, and let the "overly curious" embarass themselves... one or two good ones where someone went running to the boss to report a non-existant event normally "cured" them permanently! I've had a secret clearance before, you can have some fun. I can tell you that if you are caught speeding, and your passenger has a FBI id, you don't normally get a ticket!

Greg
Except for Air Intelligence School I spent my entire 4 years in covert ops in SEA and Central America.
I seemed to fill the nitch for that kind of work
 
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Doesn't quite work like that in the UK, in fact some officer will press harder if they suspect you may be covert, and if you are a ranking officer including one of their own no mercy!!
 
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Doesn't quite work like that in the UK, in fact some officer will press harder if they suspect you may be covert, and if you are a ranking officer including one of their own no mercy!!
The only place I knew of with officer immunity was within the confines of Mount Pleasant Airfield (FI) and dispensation was given due to the extremes of the climate, that the MPs would not patrol the road between the Officers' Mess and Hamilton Rise / Jones Avenue ;);););)

Living in Hamilton Rise, it was OK to drive to drive home by radar :drunk::drunk::drunk::drunk:
 
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Doesn't quite work like that in the UK, in fact some officer will press harder if they suspect you may be covert, and if you are a ranking officer including one of their own no mercy!!
Doesn't quite work like that in the UK, in fact some officer will press harder if they suspect you may be covert, and if you are a ranking officer including one of their own no mercy!!
When I finally landed back on US soil at Offutt AFB which at the time was still SAC HQ I was constantly stopped in the hallways to justify the ribbons I was wearing as most of the REMFs at Offutt had never been out of the country. My last tour of 9 months was shear pleasure on my part. I was even promoted out of order for the work I did in SEA. Offered a handsome reenlistment tax free bonus and a chance to enroll into Operation Bootstrap at Omaha University and come back as an Intelligence Officer. I declined all offers and became a career Firefighter. That was 1967 and my choice was spot on.
 
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John,
Nice looking tender, but I seem to have missed the engine that you are going to use to pull it. Could you point me to a thread about it or perhaps start one about the loco?
Thanks,
Ken
 
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John,
Nice looking tender, but I seem to have missed the engine that you are going to use to pull it. Could you point me to a thread about it or perhaps start one about the loco?
Thanks,
Ken
Ken look up my threads on my engine, on this forum. By the way the engine is done. Waiting on the sound card so I can figure out how to install all the goodies in the tender. I built the tender with a 3 level platform so batteries are at level one, R/C controls at level 2 and the receiver is on level 3. I made the tender to look like a coal conversion over to fuel oil.