UP Water Tender 2007-Present O Scale 1:48

UP Water Tender - Real

O Scale Tender Button


This is an O 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.

O Scale Tender - Kit

The image above shows the kit prior to cleaning, the image below shows the bodies after cleaning.

O Scale Tenders Cleaned

This kit, includes the main body, flag plates, roof top tool boxes, ladders & headlights.

This Kit is only printable in the FD or FUD material. Although the FD is cheaper the finish is a bit rougher, the FUD will give a much smoother result.

The kit is available in 2 versions.

Jim Adams

Joe Jordan & Jim Adams

The flag plates are designed for the flag details from www.circusdecals.com.   One set of decals will do both Joe Jordan & Jim Adams.  Please note the O Scale decals may not be listed in their site so you will need to contact them.

O Scale Tender Shells Finished 6

The kit requires a chassis and trucks which are not included.  They are available from Lionel here.

An instruction sheet will be available soon.O Scale Tender Shells Finished 5

This kit is printed in either the Shapeways FD material or the Shapeways FUD material which will require cleaning upon delivery, please see my FAQs for more information.

O Scale Tender Shells Finished 7


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.

O Scale Tender Shells Finished 4