Modern Locomotive Coaling Stations
Coaling Tower/Station
Circa 1912 - 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 1912.
  
Roberts & Schaefer Coaling Engineers and Consultants

Roberts & Schaefer Coaling Engineers and Consultants 2


MODERN LOCOMOTIVE COALING STATIONS

DESIGNED AND BUILT
ROBERTS AND SCHAEFER CO.
Consulting Engineers and Contractors
Old Colony Building -- Chicago, U.S.A.

Copyrighted July, 1910, by
ROBERTS AND SCHAEFER CO.
Chicago, U.S.A

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We are always in advance of other engineers when
it comes to improvements in the handling of
coal, whether preparing it at the mine, or storing it for
use on locomotives.

We claim the credit of promoting and bringing to
its high point of efficiency, the Holmen or Balanced Bucket
Type of Locomotive Coaling Station. Our patents cover
all of the essential features which go to make this type
of plant so efficient and economical.

The rapid growth of our business, the many dupli-
cations of plants and our long list of satisfied clients is
ample evidence that we substantiate our claims.



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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
Old Colony Building
Chicago, U.S.A.


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