Lock Haven Illinois 1910 - St. Louis Railway Company 1910 
Coaling Tower/Station
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 1912.

Note: photo was taken shortly after completion of construction.

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.

Lock Haven Illinois 1910 - St. Louis Railway Company coal tower coaling station

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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