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Title seems a bit clickbaity but it's basically what happened. Last year two things happened to my collection, 1. I built a train out of Legos, and 2. I got a Railking Big Boy. Now I wanted to buy one of the Railking aux tenders to go with it but honestly those things are both too rare and too expensive, especially on that one auction site. My experience with the Lego train got me thinking though, and a few hours later I had the design worked out, not entirely accurate to the original but close enough:

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I decided to check and see how much the bricks would cost, and the total would be around $30 give or take. I figured I could borrow some trucks from my Lego Liner until I got more suitable ones so I decided to go for it. Fast forward to today, and it's been built! While it's definitely not perfectly scaled (O gauge trains are around 7 studs wide, this car is 6) wide, it's close enough that it looks great in my opinion:

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Any future upgrades for this will definitely be to get some 6 wheel trucks instead of 4 wheel ones, and to possibly redesign it to be a 7 stud wide car so it's more in scale with the engine and cars. For now, it will suffice

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I know what you mean about the cost of any auxiliary tender.  I've got a MTH RK N&W Y6B and I wanted to add and Aux Tender.  Costs were way to prohibitive.   I wound up using a tender like the ones that came with the starter set 4-4-2s from the 80s to make one.  I think our LEGO tender looks pretty good.  A union Pacific decal on the side will make it blend even better.  Looks like it sits a little high in the video.  Does it actually sit high or does the bottom contour combined with the fact it is a little narrow give it that high appearance?

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I know what you mean about the cost of any auxiliary tender.  I've got a MTH RK N&W Y6B and I wanted to add and Aux Tender.  Costs were way to prohibitive.   I wound up using a tender like the ones that came with the starter set 4-4-2s from the 80s to make one.  I think our LEGO tender looks pretty good.  A union Pacific decal on the side will make it blend even better.  Looks like it sits a little high in the video.  Does it actually sit high or does the bottom contour combined with the fact it is a little narrow give it that high appearance?

Probably just a bit of both, I feel one way to fix it would be to use a pair of 6 stud wide baseplates and make the car wider but for now this'll suffice. Funnily enough I had a similar idea to take an older tender and use it as my aux tender for the Big Boy but whereas you went with one of the old atlantic starter set engines I was looking for a 1654w to gut since it didn't have a coal bunker and I am not the best at kitbashing outside of these Lego creations.

Patrick, the tender I used was pretty easy.  I cut the coal bunker off flush with the deck, then just laid in a piece of styrene of the proper thickness to bring the deck up flush with the outer "rim".  I cut out the styrene for the existing hatches, back up light housing and ladder.  Used filler around the edges and some satin spray paint and voila.

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