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Vanderbilt Tender
A large, 10-wide, Vanderbilt tender.
About this creation
So, after a lot of frustrating work of trying out different designs, here is my Vanderbilt tender, built in 10-wide! I originally wanted this style of tender for Big Blair , but at the time I could not come up with a reasonable solution and design that would work. A design dawned on me the other day, and so I experimented with it, and tada! Here it is.


The new tender is the same length as Big Blair's original box-style tender. I removed the back section and replaced it with the water cylinder. The front section, which holds the oil since Big Blair is an oil-burner, is practically the same. It still keeps the six Power Functions Train Motors as the original tender.



The back section changed drastically, as you can see here. It retains the ability to use the Power Functions Lights in the rear lights. The dual ladders had to get condensed down to a single ladder set.



The IR Receiver is still mounted in the rear section of the tender. One drastic change from the original tender to this new one is the removal of the hand rails on top. I am okay with that since it now has a much smoother overall appearance.



Big Blair is hooked up to her new tender. I think that the new look is a great improvement, and gives greatly enhances the effect of being a "Mixed Traffic" locomotive.



Another view of Blair with her new tender.



And... another view.



*Twitch's Remarks*
So, a while ago jd davis requested that I find a way to motorize his Mammoth Boy. I knew right away that a special type of tender was going to be needed in order to power that monster. A simple box-style tender would not do, since that would be too easy. I knew what I wanted to do, but the problem was building a Vanderbilt tender in that size. So I decided to build a "smaller sized" Vanderbilt for Big Blair and test it out, since Big Blair and Mammoth Boy are practically the same height. As you can see, it works. Although it is built with LDD, it was designed to be sturdy enough to work in real bricks, which is the goal of all of my creations. The LDD file not only includes the tender, but Big Blair herself, and the new(ish) snow plow. Enjoy!


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  January 11, 2013
Nice! The rear end of the tender has a quite modern shape :-)
 I made it 
  January 6, 2013
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Great!
Thank you!
 I made it 
  January 6, 2013
Quoting jd davis I think that a Vanderbilt would look great behind the mammoth
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 I like it 
  January 6, 2013
Great!
 I like it 
  January 6, 2013
I think that a Vanderbilt would look great behind the mammoth
 I made it 
  January 6, 2013
Quoting jd davis you will see the my version of the horizon express and the lone star class soon
I look forward to it! I have no clue what my next steam locomotive will be since I have already gone big. Doing another large one would just seem like I am recycling Big Blair, and small just seems miniscule (har har) at this point. But what do you think about the tender? Would something like that (a lot longer, of course) work for the Mammoth Boy?
 I like it 
  January 6, 2013
you will see the my version of the horizon express and the lone star class soon
 I like it 
  January 6, 2013
you will see the my version of the horizon express and the lone star class soon
 I made it 
  January 6, 2013
Quoting jd davis well the J1 of course(that thing has 100 in drivers),my T1, my version of the Horizon Express (coming soon), the passenger version of the mammoth, the Kansas city Cannonball, the passenger version of the sp big boys, the daylight, the sapphire night, the lone star class 4-8-4, and various steamers.
Gotta see them first so we can compare! Besides, Big Blair IS a Class 8MT, so that will be hard to beat.
 I like it 
  January 6, 2013
well the J1 of course(that thing has 100 in drivers),my T1, my version of the Horizon Express (coming soon), the passenger version of the mammoth, the Kansas city Cannonball, the passenger version of the sp big boys, the daylight, the sapphire night, the lone star class 4-8-4, and various steamers.
 I made it 
  January 6, 2013
Quoting jd davis looks nice. now what you need to do is make a colorful streamliner to compete with my speedsters. :)
What speedsters?
 I like it 
  January 6, 2013
looks nice. now what you need to do is make a colorful streamliner to compete with my speedsters. :)
 
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