Water for the iron horse

Water for the iron horse

Postby John B » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:39 am

A study in contrasting US water towers:

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An ancient, wooden contraption, leaking like a sieve on my visit in April, this serves the preserved California Western Railroad in Fort Bragg, CA.

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An altogether more modern design, and massive by comparison, ironically this now stands idle, disused, rusting - for probably at least 50 years - in the UP (ex-SP) yard in Gila Bend, Arizona.
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Re: Water for the iron horse

Postby Butoxeter » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:12 pm

John B wrote:this now stands idle, disused, rusting - for probably at least 50 years

Interesting, over here 'Elf & Safety would have insisted on it's demolition long ago, I suspect!
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Re: Water for the iron horse

Postby John B » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:40 pm

In the desert, the only 'elf and safety rules are: wear plenty of sunscreen, and beware of the rattlesnakes!

The dry air probably preserves the tower from rot pretty well, actually. It looked pretty damn sturdy (and MASSIVE!) when I encountered it.
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Re: Water for the iron horse

Postby Butoxeter » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:42 pm

John B wrote:In the desert, the only 'elf and safety rules are: wear plenty of sunscreen, and beware of the rattlesnakes!

The dry air probably preserves the tower from rot pretty well, actually. It looked pretty damn sturdy (and MASSIVE!) when I encountered it.

OK, for some reason I'd assumed the supports were concrete?...
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Re: Water for the iron horse

Postby John B » Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:02 pm

Butoxeter wrote:OK, for some reason I'd assumed the supports were concrete?...


It's been a few years since I took the shot, so I can't be certain, but I just took another look at the original high-resolution picture and it seems that the supports are massive steel lattice girders on concrete footings..
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