100 Ton Steel Coaling Tower Diagram
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.


100 Ton Steel Station
We have designs of this type of station for several different track layouts; also for storage capacities of from 100 to 500 tons, and with elevating capacities of from 30 to 125 tons.

Patented - June 21, 1904
       "        Sept. 22, 1908

"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.

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.

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