During the age of steam, one of the more common sights along the railroad was the water tank. Built in a multitude of sizes and styles, they were located at strategic points along the line, at stations, and at major terminals. While the details of tank construction varied from railroad to railroad, the basic shape changed little over the years. The most notable change being that from a tapered tank to one with straight sides as well as the eventual use of steel instead of wood in the construction of both the tank and supporting structure.
This N scale kit represents a 50,000 gallon straight side wooden tank, which is set on a wooden support structure and resting on wooden beams. The basic design of the tank was used from the mid 1800s through the early to mid 1900s. Although the various hardware components and support structure may have been modified over the years, a great many of these water tanks survived until the end of the steam era and often beyond.
The basic design of the American Model Builder water tank came from the Missouri Pacific Railroad plan book as well as from photographs of other railroads tanks where an overall similar appearance was maintained and a simple leg bracing system was utilized. The look of the included pump house, which housed the pump mechanism for moving the ground water up into the tank, was devised in the same manner. Likewise, the kit also includes two different styles of tank roof – both flat as well as peaked, to offer the N scale modeler greater versatility when trying to match a specific prototype for their layout.
The kit boasts a real wood tank with custom scribed birch plywood wrapper and peel & stick tank bands; easy to assemble laser-cut wood beam support structure; built-up access ladder and water gauge; cast metal spout, fine brass wire, and plastic rod/tubing for modeling the water delivery system; optional cast resin peaked roof with simulated rolled roofing detail; and small wooden pump house featuring AMB’s standard Tab & Slot and Peel & Stick construction.
American Model Builders Standard Water Tank With Pump House, N Scale
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