Thursday, January 26, 2006

Water for Steam Engines

From: "Carol Beitz"

How did the early American railroad companies supply water for steam engines?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Wasatch, Utah water tower, and the Artesian Well, Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Hart stereoview 315.
Hart stereoview 319.
Hart stereoview 315, 318, and 319.

1/26/2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See: Fuel and water consumption.

1/26/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"Track-tanks are also provided along the entire route, from which the locomotive engines of express trains take water as they go, thus being enabled to make runs of a hundred miles, or more, without pause or detention."
Also note the picture: "'Tank' tracks to provide water to steam locomotives while in motion."

1/26/2006 9:14 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Also see: A.J. Russell, 1868 Wyoming Imperial View #78. "Temporary and Permanent Bridges Green River Citadel Rock in distance."

1/26/2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"There was nothing but water tanks to serve engines between Wadsworth and Winnemucca."

1/26/2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

Water was pumped from streams or wells into overhead tanks from which it was loaded into locomotive tenders by gravity. Pumping was accomplished by wind or steam pumps. In many cases municipal water supplies were used. In some cases, the railroad built or upgraded the municipal supply. For more on this aspect of it see the "Water" section of Richard Orsi's Sunset Limited.


1/27/2006 8:35 AM  

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