• D&H Challenger Tender at Oneonta

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  by hondajohn
Hey everyone, longtime lurker, and this is my first post. Every now and then I read a reference to a D&H Challenger tender in storage at Oneonta at some point in the past (possibly as a water tank?) Does anyone have followup information to this? Does it still exist, and if not, when was it scrapped? I've driven past the yard there but never noticed anything out of the ordinary.

  by scottychaos
I dont know about it ever being in Oneonta..perhaps it was at some point, but it is better known for having been in Binghamton..
when CP took over the D&H in 1991 they used it for a time as a water tank in the East Binghamton yard..
It is tender number 35508, said to be from Challenger No. 1517.

photo from 1990:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2139215

CP then fixed it up, painted it, and used it as part of their steam program!
photo from 2004:
http://www.fuzzyworld3.com/railroad/ste ... 740421.jpg

other recent photos:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rspict ... ?id=257881

Actually, I am curious if this was in Oneonta until perhaps the early 90's..because I visited the East Binghamton yards several time during the Guilford era, mid to late 80's,
and I dont recall ever hearing about, or seeing, the tender there then..

  by scharnhorst
Here 2 more pics of it one taken in 1979

the other in 1972

There are no other pics of it that I can locate in http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/ as far as recent ones I searched both the CP and the D&H photo pages here.
  by hondajohn
Good to know its still out there. Thanks for the help! Too bad its too far away to take pictures now :)
  by O-6-O
Interesting. The slide at the bottom shows the tender with the number 35507. The other pictures of it (before the CP steam paint) show the number 35508. Maybe the D&H saved
more than one.