Honey Pot, Pennsylvania R. R.
Pennsylvania R. R. 1910
Coaling Tower -- With original engineers notes and dimensions.
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.
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.
DUPLICATED AT NESCOPECK, PA.
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.
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..."
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