Light locomotives such as the SCPC 2 or those that operated with limited range may have used a tank to carry extra water. Thomas the Tank Engine is another example. Larger locomotives and those requiring greater range used a tender behind the locomotive. Which brings us to the point of the story: locomotive 924 is under rehabilitation at the Northwest Railway Museum and is receiving a new tender tank.
The lower half of the original tender
tank is worn thin and will no longer
New steel parts for a new tender tank
arrived on a trailer from Portland.
Rivets are heated and driven with a
pneumatic rivet gun. The job is
particularly demanding for the person
holding the buck (at left), which backs
up the rivet gun blows.
The original tank was removed with a
large excavator and was placed in
long-term storage in the Museum's
The tank fabrication is nearing
completion, but more rivets are