You guessed right on the Footplate/tender apron. The textured surface was for better footing as the fireman would step on it to get a shovel full of coal... or another chunk of wood.
I have, and so has Kevin and a few others. And Andrew is correct - the 25 tooth gear sold for the 2-8-0 is what I used.I second Andrew's important motion. Who has used the NWSL gear for 2-6-0 or 4-4-0 repairs?
I didn't either, so I ordered the 25 tooth, on the basis that Kevin was batting 3:0 on them. Worst case I'd have to wait for a 24 to arrive. Mine was a 25 tooth also.I don't like the idea of leaving the loco with it's guts hanging out