Tom Hokel (Pine Ridge RR)
I gave Dave an undecorated Roundhouse RTR 2-6-0 (circa 2005) to use as a start point for #25. It ran like a top. John used an all-metal MDC/Roundhouse 0-6-0 for his #25, which was probably a good puller for a small loco.
I can't answer your "thing" on the tender question.
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