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zwsplac
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Surviving Coaling Towers
 
« on: Dec 21st, 2004, 11:01am »
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I have always been interested in these structures, but there are so few today. I thought I'd start this thread to document where surviving coaling towers are. There is only one that I know of.
 
In Great Bend, KS., there is a large concrete coaling tower, ex-Santa Fe. To my knowledge, it probably still stands, as last I saw, it was in excellent shape.
 
Others?


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Re: Surviving Coaling Towers
 
« Reply #1 on: Dec 21st, 2004, 2:33pm »
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I know of one in Toledo and one near Marion in Ohio right off the top of my head.  I've seen more, but it's been a long day already!  My brain is past fried.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 21st, 2004, 4:17pm »
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These are ones I know of or have seen:
 
Washington, DC (modified), in the former yard north of Union Station and New York Ave., probably shared by the B&O and PRR before 1935 electrification of PRR line
Renovo, PA; Wilmington, DE; Marion, OH (PRR)
Newport News, Charlottesville and Clifton Forge, VA (C&O)
Beckley, Hinton, Ronceverte and Thurmond, WV (C&O)  
Bluefield, Jaeger, Prichard and Williamson, WV (N&W)
Rossford yard (east of Maumee river at Toledo) (B&O)
Lynchburg, VA (C&O)  
Vicker, VA (N&W) near Radford, VA
Gibson, IN (far southeast side of Chicago, just south of I-90 at Kennedy Ave.)  (Indiana Harbor Belt)  
Gilman, IL (IC) double towers, may still be there
Clyman Jct., WI (C&NW or Milwaukee Road?)
Bethlehem, PA (Reading's Saucon yard)
 
That's all I can think of at the moment.  


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« Reply #3 on: Dec 26th, 2004, 6:37am »
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Don't miss this thread:
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=Infrastructure;action=display;num=1030387946
 
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 26th, 2004, 8:17am »
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Salamanca, NY on the Erie? That's still up isn't it?

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 26th, 2004, 8:31am »
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on Dec 26th, 2004, 8:17am, denjct wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Salamanca, NY on the Erie? That's still up isn't it?

 
Ya gotta love this forum  
 
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=WNYP;action=display;num=1102360850
 
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 26th, 2004, 11:01am »
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When I rode the 614 from Hoboken to Port Jervis in the fall of '96 the base of Erie coaling towers was still there, like the ones in Salamanca. Anyone know if it's still there? The turntable was still there too, it was used to turn the 614 with  (I think) A bulldozer for power.
 
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 27th, 2004, 7:04am »
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There is a large concrete coaling tower still standing in what was once the Cedar Hill yard for the New Haven RR just off of I-91 north.

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« Reply #8 on: Dec 27th, 2004, 12:11pm »
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In West Seneca New York, Pennlsylvania Ebenezer Yards, large concrete coaling tower, dates from 1890"s, still standing, along with the roundhouse & turntable.
 
Located at Union Road and Rt 400.
 


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« Reply #9 on: Dec 27th, 2004, 12:30pm »
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The Indiana & Ohio Junction yard (ex-DT&I) in Springfield, Ohio has a coal tower built around 1950 (no typo).

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« Reply #10 on: Dec 27th, 2004, 12:50pm »
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Jim included Bluefield, WV on his list above.
 
Here is a view of the tower looking west through the Bluefield yard; December 2004.


http://Forums.Railfan.net/Images/Infrastructure/Bluefield_Yard_west.jpg
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 11th, 2005, 8:42pm »
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The mere mention of the Gilman, IL coaling tower on the ICRR (which I think is still standing) brings back fond memories. I was a student at the Univ. of Ill. in Champaign/Urbana in the 1953-55 time period. On those weekends that I didn't go home I often bummed a ride with a Chicago bound student to Gilman. I'd  get off along US 45 about a half mile east of the coaling tower which was maybe a mile north of Gilman proper. A hike through corn fields would bring me to the coaling tower which straddled the two main line tracks of the Illinois Central. All the IC's southbound freights stopped there for coal and I'd try for a cab ride back to Champaign on one of the big 2500 or 2600 series 4-8-2's that were the motive power on them. If I couldn't find a friendly engineer who would let me ride the cab I could count on a fireman who'd let me ride the back of the tender. I would arrive back in Champaign anywhere from 1 to 4 am covered in soot but happy as hell. What I wouldn't give to relieve one of those trips.
 
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 12th, 2005, 4:01pm »
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The deserted Gilman coaling towers are pictured in one commercial railroad video, but I can't remember which one just now.  It may be the Herron Rail Video on the IC.  Will have to check my collection.

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 31st, 2006, 10:56pm »
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The one in the thread that ChessieMike linked to is in Nelson, IL. There is another one in Dekalb, both ex-CNW. I will be photographing both of these in the next week, and there are heavy rumors they will be torn down soon!


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« Reply #14 on: Feb 14th, 2007, 6:19pm »
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You've forgotten the ex-ATSF towers at the yard in Marceline, MO.
 
Here'a a link to some photos of it at Railroad Picture Archives:
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=588533
 
Impressive structures!


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« Reply #15 on: Feb 16th, 2007, 1:11pm »
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Salamanca, NY (Erie) towers pictured above were identical to those at Port Jervis, NY (Erie), which were needlessly demolished several years ago.  The Erie turntable is preserved, however, in a small park.
 
East Syracuse (NYC) in the CSX Dewitt yards are still standing.


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« Reply #16 on: Feb 16th, 2007, 2:41pm »
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I did forget about the Marceline Tower. I believe there is also one still standing in Council Bluffs, IA

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« Reply #17 on: Feb 16th, 2007, 11:28pm »
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At the former Lehigh Valley Coxton Yard (Conrail Pittston Yard, now RMDI Locomotive Scrappers/Rebuilders), the tower still stands.

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« Reply #18 on: Feb 17th, 2007, 2:30am »
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If only it was possible to move such a structure...
what a centerpiece that Coxton Coaling Tower would be for Steamtown, only a few miles away.


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« Reply #19 on: Feb 18th, 2007, 3:35pm »
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These massive concrete structures remind me of the WWII above-ground air-raid bunkers in Germany. Are they, like many of the German structures, too expensive to demolish?

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