This is an N scale kit for the Union Pacific’s Water Tender ‘Jim Adams’ and ‘Joe Jordan’ as used in the excursion train behind UP 844 and UP 3985.
The kit includes trucks with bolster pins plus separately applied flag plates, lamps, tool boxes & ladders.
The body separates from the chassis to allow weight to be added (weight will be need as they are very light).
The kit is available in 3 versions.
The flag plates are designed for the flag details on sheet 60-1150 from Microscale Industries.
A full set of decals for both cars can also be found here.
The kit requires 4 no. MT 1015 body mount couplers and 12 no. MT wheels, which are not included.
An instruction sheet can be downloaded in PDF here.
The kits are printed in the Shapeways FUD material which will require cleaning upon delivery, please see my FAQs for more information.
A bit of history about this car……….
In 2007 the UP heritage steam fleet’s two auxiliary tenders, which were former Gas Turbine 8500 fuel tenders, were rebuilt to become the present day tenders used with their running steam engines UP844 & UP3985. The tenders, before they were used for the Gas Turbines, were originally standard coal and water steam engine tenders. They had a second steel skin added to house the heating and pump equipment required to heat the Bunker C fuel which the Gas Turbines used, it was too thick to use when cold. Both ends of the tenders where also chamfered at the top to ensure there was no obstruction of the exhaust port on the back of the turbine power unit as it did not go vertically up, but came out at about 45 degrees. In 2007 all of this second skin, heating and pump gear was removed and the chamfered ends were replaced. A new walkway and tool boxes were added to the top and they were repainted to complete the major overhaul. They where christened UPP 809 Jim Adams and UPP 814 Joe Jordan after two retired steam fitters from the UP repair shop.