Power house at Jersey City

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Power house at Jersey City

Postby terry03 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:08 am

The Erie RR built a powerhouse for its electrified RR in Jersey City in 1924ca. It was built on the corner of 9th and Provost. Anyone have any more information on the powerhouse or even better, a picture of it?
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby oldrow51 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:55 am

This link might help. I'm going to be in Jersey City this weekend. I'll try to get a current picture of it. Also plan to prowl some of the existing structures of the Erie Railroad.

http://www.jcpowerhouse.org/
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby terry03 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:45 pm

oldrow51 wrote:This link might help. I'm going to be in Jersey City this weekend. I'll try to get a current picture of it. Also plan to prowl some of the existing structures of the Erie Railroad.

http://www.jcpowerhouse.org/

I've seen the picture of this power house before, I just didn't realize that it supplied power to the Erie.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby CarterB » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:40 pm

Since when was any of the Erie electrified???? DL&W yes....but Erie????
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby cjvrr » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:43 pm

The powerhouse linked to above was for the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad (PATH). It is also not at the address the initial poster listed.

Could it have been a powerhouse to supply power to the Erie's shops, stations, and yards?

As stated above the Erie was never electrified.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby CarterB » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:21 pm

From the http://www.erielackhs.org archives:
Erie RR--Contract #05536--Erie Railroad Company and Bates & Roger
Construction Co.--Construction of power house facilities at 9th and Provost
Sts., Jersey City, NJ July 25, 1924
Erie RR--Contract #05713--M.H. Detrick Co.--Steam jet ash conveyors for
10 Foster Marine Type Boilers to be installed in a new power plant located
on Provost & Ninth Streets in Jersey City, NJ November 24, 1924

Not the H&M powerhouse, for sure, which is at 1st/Bay and Washington.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby terry03 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:13 pm

The power house I was talking about was Contract #05536 which states "Construction of power house facilities at 9th and Provost Streets, Jersey City, NJ.

The construction company mentioned is the company that 5 generations of my family worked for. Bates & Rogers Construction Corporation according to the above Contract built this project. I was just wondering what it was.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby Roadgeek Adam » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:29 pm

CarterB wrote:Since when was any of the Erie electrified???? DL&W yes....but Erie????


- Rochester to Avon was electrified railroad service.

- There were proposals in the early 1900s to electrify the Main Line for the New York Division.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby oldrow51 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:27 am

Sorry for the confusion. The link I posted was for the powerhouse for the Hudson & Manhattan and not the Erie. Didn't catch the mistake right away. Not really aware of any powerhouse for the Erie in that area.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby CarterB » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:00 am

There was a power house for the Erie built circa 1924 at the 9th and Provost location. For what, I do not know, but it was a separate structure entirely from the H & M one.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby terry03 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:46 am

CarterB wrote:There was a power house for the Erie built circa 1924 at the 9th and Provost location. For what, I do not know, but it was a separate structure entirely from the H & M one.


This is the one I was talking about.
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Re: Power house at Jersey City

Postby Ken W2KB » Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:53 pm

terry03 wrote:
CarterB wrote:There was a power house for the Erie built circa 1924 at the 9th and Provost location. For what, I do not know, but it was a separate structure entirely from the H & M one.


This is the one I was talking about.


Likely a central steam producing facility to provide steam for building heating, stationary engines to power machinery, pumps and so forth. May also have generated electricity for lighting.
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