Gorham Illinois  Ill 1909 - 
St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
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.

Note: This was published shortly after completion of construction.

.Gorham Illinois  Ill 1909 - St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway 
                                        (St. LIM & S Ry.)

In this photo you can see a woman and child. I looks like the child is holding a Teddy Bear, maybe a STEIFF TEDDY BEAR. 

Type: Holmen with R. & S. Co.'s Patented tram car distributing system
Elevating capacity, 125 tons per hour. 
Storage capacity 200 tons
24 ft. receiving hopper.
Facilities for coal on four tracks.

"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.

Vintage Paper
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