The Caddo Creek Dam

While at the NNGC in Hickory, I was talking with someone about my plans for the coke oven bank. I explained that in the design of the ovens at the Wharton Coke Works in PA they used 70-lb rail as cross-rails to carry the larry rail. I was going on about going to have to use plastic I-Beams for the cross-rail to keep from shorting the larry-rail. I said that I would prob use a gas-mechanical of some sort to move the larry .. that in the ‘real world’ the used electric w/trolley poles but that I didn’t think my little bank of 16 ovens had a reason to get the electric out to my ovens. Well then .. it was suggested. You have a river .. why not build a small power station and .. DIY?

Well .. OH! Says I .. and the idea of a small dam to supply an equally small power station appealed to me. So .. rather then just toss up a hunk of stone and go .. “that’s a dam” I decided to do a little research .. after all .. how much power was needed? How much power could my little stream provide?

The gallery shown here are just snippets of an extensive thread that I posted to Railroad Line Forums –
The Caddo Creek Dam – Railroad Line Forums

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Retired from the Army in 2006. Served during Vietnam - 1969-1972 as as 72B - Communications Center Specialist (Teletype Operator). Got out .. and went back in 1987 as a 19K - Armor Vehicle Crewman - (M1/M1A1 tanker) getting out in Korea in 1999. Went into the Reserves .. got mobilized in 2001 .. stayed active until my retirement with 20 years in 2006.


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