Here is a page from the Bulletin
No. 15 from
Roberts and Schaefer Co. of Chicago.
It dates from around 1912.
Note: photo was taken shortly after completion
|Lock Haven Illinois 1910 - St.
Louis Railway Company
Typical single counter-balanced bucket station.
Designed and built by us 1910. This station has a receiving hopper 20 feet
long, an elevating capacity of 40 tons per hour, coaling facilities for
one track, and is operated by steam.
We recommend this station where only a small
storage and elevating capacity are required as it is economical both to
build and to operate.
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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