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Saddle Tanks

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Walt Casler Col. - The Willamette Locomotive  courtesy Oso Publishing

Saddle tanks were a rarely ordered factory option offered by the Heisler company.   Their purpose was to provide additional water storage and additional weight directly over the drivers.  The Heisler saddle tanks were a single unit construction which were positioned in a "straddle" manner over the front part of the boiler.   The  front of the tanks were located just behind the factory installed head light which was positioned on the extreme front part of the boiler.   Just rearward from the front of the tank, an opening was constructed in the tank to allow the smoke stack to extend up from the boiler and through the tank itself.   The rear-most edge of the tank  was located in front of the boiler mounted bell, which was several feet in front of the steam dome  and crew cab located at the back of the boiler.

The Heisler company was the only one of the "big three" geared steam locomotive manufacturers to offer saddle tanks as an option.   Although not in the majority, saddle and side mounted water tanks were  used with more frequency on some rod type steam locomotives. 

Saddle tank Heislers were known to be used  by the:

Photos of saddle tank Heisler's appear in the following books:


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