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Old 10-17-2019, 08:48 PM   #1
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263W Tender Prewar Whistle Availability?

I have a 263W Lionel prewar tender and the whistle has been removed and is long gone. I would like to install a working whistle. The roller pickups are still there.
Originally there was either a WS-80 or WS-37 “banana” whistle I believe. There is very little room in the tender.
Does anyone know the correct whistle number that goes in the 263W and does someone know who might have a working whistle for sale???
Or is there a newer whistle that could be modified to fit the 263W??
Thanks You for your help
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:18 PM   #2
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You were correct with the numbers used in the 263W tender. They were either WS-37 or WS-80 “Banana” whistles. There really isn’t any substitute, with the open chamber hole, and the mounting screw positions on the tender frame. The Banana whistles are hard to come by, but have popped up on eBay occasionally. Just keep searching, is my only suggestion.

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