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Poughkeepsie Coal and Water Station

Postby chnhrr » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:01 pm

I’ve looked at a few historical photographs of Poughkeepsie and haven’t been able to locate were this coal and water facility was located. It would seem that the Poughkeepsie Bridge was behind the cameraman. Judging by the topography (whole photo is not shown); it appears that this station was north of the bridge. The facility had coal burning engines for coal conveyance and possibly for water pumping. I assume this unique facility lasted till the final days of steam??
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Re: Poughkeepsie Coal and Water Station

Postby Otto Vondrak » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:32 pm

This looks like the area just north of the station (and the bridge) to me... But it's been a while since I was up there.
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Re: Poughkeepsie Coal and Water Station

Postby RussNelson » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:35 pm

North of the station has six tracks now, but there's room in the center of this photo for another two tracks, I think. The terrain looks right. Might be worth looking for the abutment on the right side in the photo on the east side of the cut.
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Re: Poughkeepsie Coal and Water Station

Postby Alek9997 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:45 am

chnhrr wrote:I’ve looked at a few historical photographs of Poughkeepsie and haven’t been able to locate were this coal and water facility was located. It would seem that the Poughkeepsie Bridge was behind the cameraman. Judging by the topography (whole photo is not shown); it appears that this station was north of the bridge. The facility had coal burning engines for coal conveyance and possibly for water pumping. I assume this unique facility lasted till the final days of steam??


Interesting steam boilers....Are they from actual locomotives that were retired?

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Re: Poughkeepsie Coal and Water Station

Postby chnhrr » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:14 pm

Alek9997 wrote:Interesting steam boilers....Are they from actual locomotives that were retired?

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That’s and Interesting concept, but I think the boilers were in the building. Those might be some sort of induced draft fan units at the base of the flue stacks. Then again I’m not an expert in industrial flue design. The boilers could have been fabricated by Wilcox and Babcock. The usage of decommissioned steam locomotives for purposes other than hauling trains is an interesting one. Does anyone know if the NYC or New Haven engaged in this practice?
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