The following is from “Surface arrangement at bituminous mines” Copyright 1907 – “The coke puller requires from 3/4 to 1 hour to water down an oven and from 500 to 800 gallons of water …” – which requires something to pump that water. With eight ovens watered down each day that means there is a requirement for 8,000 to 6,400 gallons of water.
I needed a pump house.
I found the plans for a Pump House in ‘Railroad structure and estimates‘ pub 1918. The Pump House was on the M.St.P.&S.S.M.Ry.
The plans indicate it was built from Concrete Blocks. I decided to do it in brick .. specifically the distressed O scale brick from Rusty Stumps. Notice that they show the gasoline engine, exterior fuel tank and shaft to well. I wouldn’t need a well since my pump house would sit right beside the Caddo Creek and I liked the idea of an oil engine (compressed ignition) rather then a gasoline engine simply because I might be able to power my diesels using the same fuel.
|.. and a test fit|
|The pump house in position so I could get an idea as to how it would look. It was pretty much as I had imagined and was happy at this point with the progress.|