Honey Pot, Pennsylvania R. R.
Pennsylvania R. R. 1910 
Coaling Tower -- With original engineers notes and dimensions.
Circa 1910 - Bulletin No. 15 Photo Page

Here is  a  page from the Bulletin No. 15 from Roberts and Schaefer Co. of Chicago. It dates from around 1910.



Holmen Type

Wooden structure

Elevating capacity 125 tons per hour.

Storage capacity 165 tons coal and 60 tons sand.

Green sand is elevated in Holmen buckets and stored in bin.

24-foot receiving hopper with breaker bars.

Power, Meitz & Weiss kerosene engine (belted reversible hoist).

24-foot receiving hopper.

Facilities for coal and sand on one track.


Honey Pot today appears to be a small suburb adjacent to Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in the county of Luzerne. It sets along the side of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad Tracks and the Susquehanna River. This area is in the heart of Pennsylvania coal country including anthracite coal. Nanticoke and the Wyoming Valley enjoyed tremendous prosperity when coal was king from 1915 to 1930.

Related links:

History of Luzerne County Pennsylvania - 1983

Nanticoke, Pennsylvania -  Wikipedia "The free encyclopedia.

The City of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania

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. 
Consulting Engineers and Contractors
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