Old-time water cars?

Old-time water cars?

Post by Stephen Wats » Sun, 20 May 2001 01:39:11



I have seen models of old-time flatcars bearing tanks, apparently
transporting water around the American West.  I might have an
appropriate place for one of these, so I have a couple of questions:

1) Where was the water obtained from, and shipped to?  

2) My layout includes a body of water, which I could use as the supply
industry -- but what would the loading facility look like?  Pump driven
by animal treadmill?  Water tower?  Jetty-with-tracks?

3) In the models I've seen, the tanks were stubby cylinders, sitting
vertically on a flat car.  Would the more familiar kind of tank car
(horizontal cylinder) also have been in use?  (1860's era)

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Old-time water cars?

Post by Chuckle » Sun, 20 May 2001 13:57:56



Quote:
> I have seen models of old-time flatcars bearing tanks, apparently
> transporting water around the American West.  I might have an
> appropriate place for one of these, so I have a couple of questions:

> 1) Where was the water obtained from, and shipped to?

Depending on the area, any available stream, lake, or
well would be considered a supply, and any human
activity not possessed of its own water supply would
be a destination. Be it railroading, ranching, or whatever,
people cannot sustain beyond reach of their water
supply.

Quote:
> 2) My layout includes a body of water, which I could use as the supply
> industry -- but what would the loading facility look like?  Pump driven
> by animal treadmill?  Water tower?  Jetty-with-tracks?

Depends on the scale of the activity. I saw a photo once
of such a tank car being filled by a four-man hand pump,
similar to an old fire engine pump. For many decades,
the plains were watered with wind-driven pumps that
filled railroad style water tanks or stone cisterns.
A larger location might have a stationary steam pump
house.

 Chuckles

 
 
 

Old-time water cars?

Post by Ernie Fis » Mon, 21 May 2001 12:07:32


On Sat, 19 May 2001 04:57:56, "Chuckles"

Quote:

> Depends on the scale of the activity. I saw a photo once
> of such a tank car being filled by a four-man hand pump,
> similar to an old fire engine pump. For many decades,
> the plains were watered with wind-driven pumps that
> filled railroad style water tanks or stone cisterns.
> A larger location might have a stationary steam pump
> house.

More likely an oil engine, easier to operate and takes
a lot less space.  I won't get into the definition of an oil
engine.

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Old-time water cars?

Post by Chuckle » Mon, 21 May 2001 22:16:11



Quote:
> On Sat, 19 May 2001 04:57:56, "Chuckles"

> > Depends on the scale of the activity. I saw a photo once
> > of such a tank car being filled by a four-man hand pump,
> > similar to an old fire engine pump. For many decades,
> > the plains were watered with wind-driven pumps that
> > filled railroad style water tanks or stone cisterns.
> > A larger location might have a stationary steam pump
> > house.

> More likely an oil engine, easier to operate and takes
> a lot less space.  I won't get into the definition of an oil
> engine.

> --
> ernie fisch

Not circa 1860. That technology wasn't available then.
(Refer to original post.)
Chuckles