Greensburg, Indiana - Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago
and St. Louis Railway Company CCC&St.L 1911
Circa 1910 - Bulletin No. 15
Here is a page from the Bulletin
No. 15 from
Roberts and Schaefer Co. of Chicago.
It dates from around 1911.
The Photographs and Diagram View on the following
page illustrate the outside appearance and method of handling coal in a
typical Holman coaling station
This is the third plant of similar design we have built for the above company.
The design illustrates the use of composite construction showing concrete encased steel substructure with frame coal pocket.
This is a main line plant with facilities for coal on three tracks
Elevating capacity 125 tons per hour.
The receiving hopper is 34 feet
long, covered with canopy to protect the car unloaders from the weather.
The plant was built on the foundations of the previous old style coaling
station recently destroyed by fire. The foundations were shored to suit
the design of a Holman plant.
Coaling stations/towers were designed
to fuel steam locomotives. They came in all sizes and shapes.
Some were behemoth structures, while others consisted of a pile of coal,
and a power shovel along a sidetrack. In the 19th and early 20th century,
coaling stations were an integral part of every railroad. There were numerous
coal stations; most towns with locally based locomotives had some type
of coal facility. There were also coaling stations located at intervals
along routes, so that locomotives of through trains could fill up quickly,
and maintain their schedules. Some were combined with water and sand holding
structures. The introduction of diesel locomotives, led to the replacement
or abandonment of these structures, and the use of smaller overhead
tanks holding diesel fuel.
|"We are always in advance of other engineers
when it comes to improvements in the handling of coal... We claim the credit
of promoting and bringing to its high point of efficiency, the Holmen or
Balanced Bucket Type of Locomotive Coaling Station..."
Roberts and Schaefer Co.
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