Groveland, New York
Delaware Lackawanna Western Station 1910
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 1910.
Holmen Type with R. & S. Co's patented tram car distributing system.
Reinforced concrete construction throughout.
Elevating capacity 150 tons per hour.
Storage capacity 720 tons per hour.
24-foot receiving hopper with breaker bars.
Foundations thoroughly waterproof.
Facilities for coaling on two tracks.
In the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th, the Delaware, Lackawanna &
Western Railroad was a major carrier of anthracite.
It was created in 1853 by George and Seldon Scranton. The
DL&W was created from the combination of three railroads; the
Cayuga & Susquehanna, the Lackawanna & Western (formerly the
Leggett's Gap Railroad), and the Delaware & Cobb's Gap.
By the 1930s and 1940s gas and oil were replacing coal the DL&W
began using diesel locomotives, reducing the need for coal. The
steam locomotive repair shop in Scranton closed in 1949. Many functions
of the yard were shut down in the 1960s after the DL&W merged with
its long-time rival, the Erie Railroad, to become the Erie-Lackawanna.
The yard was finally closed by Conrail before 1980.
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Before Conrail: there was Phoebe Snow
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and Phoebe knows
that smoke and cinders
spoil good clothes
'Tis thus a pleasure
To take the Road of Anthracite
|Says Phoebe Snow:
"The miners know
That to hard coal
My fame I owe.
For my delight
In wearing white
Is due alone to Anthracite.
|Now Phoebe may
by night or day
enjoy her book upon the way
dispels the night
Upon the Road of Anthracite
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..."
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