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Vandy Tender

The NCPS has been offered a genuine NC&StL tender, and raised the money needed to purchase. We need to move quickly, because the owner has bids out to several scrappers, and wants it gone.

Cost estimates for the move range up to $5,000.

It is a former NC, Vandy tender as probably used behind a L-1 Mike (I have no other info as yet), converted to work train service (couplers both ends and freight car air brake system added) and used by the L&N as such till about 1992. It was then sold to an outfit in Texas who had great plans for it and has never used it since. Now it is surplus. Supposedly it is in good condition, not on original trucks but the original (worn out) Vulcan friction trucks are also available.

The management of this RR realizes its historical importance and would rather it were sold intact to an enthusiast's group such as ours. The urgency of this preservation is due to time constraints. Once it's gone it's gone.

...Can we afford it?
...Can we handle moving it?
...Do we have a place to store it?
...What's it's intended use?
...What is the current condition?

1. The purchase price has been raised, and is in escrow. (Remember, NCPS funds are committed to engine 576. Should the City of Nashville decline our business plan, then we would be able to consider other projects, but 576 comes first right now.)

2. Moving: It cannot be moved on class one RR's on friction trucks, so it must be loaded on a flat car. Cost of crane is estimated at $100/hour, with a minimum of 4 hours. There could also be rigging charges for loading properly on a flat. From personal experience, I recommend at least three qualified people to load such an item. And of course, transportation charges depend on destination.

3. Destination and/or storage. Since we are not a working RR museum, nor have access to storage tracks right now, we are throwing this idea out to the interested parties to see if anyone can solve any of these problems and make this preservation happen.

4. Intended use: while the tender is not ideal as a water bottle for 576 -- the ideal would be another J-3 tender -- it would work nicely as an auxiliary tender. It would however, be great behind a light Mike or Consolidation at some point.

5. Current condition: a little rough, but still salvagable. Given another year or two, it will not be feasible to restore.

I think this project is important for several reasons, one is that we are chartered for the purpose of helping to preserve anything NC&StL (within limits of reality). This is a genuine steam era artifact, rolling stock peculiar to the NC, with a reasonable price, that is in immediate danger of being scrapped.

Approximate measurements are:
1. Approximate length - still unknown; but plan on a low-boy truck with a 35' length.
2. Height - 12' high - may require clearance permits depending on height of truck.
3. Width - 10' 2" wide - We will need to obtain wide width permits as this is oversize.
4. Estimate of weight -- as near as we can figure, 25 tons without the trucks,
The 4 trucks weigh 4 tons apiece, and we are still debating the acquisition of them.

Though these are not hard and fast numbers, they're close enough for us to now have a real starting point for raising the necessary capital:

* Use of crane to place the tender and the trucks on two separate flatbeds:

$600 - though it wouldn't take up to 4 hours to perform this task - that is the minimum charge for this service. ($600.00)

* Road charge to haul just the tender (Fort Worth to Nashville) 1000 miles @ $3.00 @ mile. ($3,000.00)

* Road charge to haul just the trucks (requires the use of a separate flatbed) 1000 miles @ $1.45 @ mile ($1,450.00)

That totals out to $5,050.00 - not counting any "Murphy's Law" overrides.

Terry Bebout at TCRM has a place for us to store the tender on a siding of the Nashville and Eastern Railroad as well as access to a crane on the Nashville end, so fortunately there wouldn't be any costs involved on that end.

It's just the getting it from Texas to Tennessee part we need to focus on.

Suggestions welcome!




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