From Google Books: Maintenance of Way and Structures by William Clyde Willard published 1915 .. from Page 276
“Where several railway buildings are grouped, a fire-hose house is often built. This contains axes, wrenches, etc., a hydrant to which the hose is already attached. A fire-hose house built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is shown in Fig. 145.”
|I posted this up to Railroad Line Forums and George D replied back with photos of three ‘Hose Houses’ that he built for his club’s steam facility.|
|Ray Dunakin provided a photo of the remains of one from the Ruby Hill, NV ghost town.|
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One of the ‘Prime’ reasons for posting to a forum is the responses you get ..
Ray Dunakin – The hydrant would have been mounted on that flange in front, and would have been enclosed by the doors which came together at an angle. (he’s talking about the five sided structure he posted a photo of)
|In a book titled “Crosby-Fiske-Forster Handbook of Fire Protection” – published 1919, “Hydrant Houses and Equipment” are described .. one of which, a five-sided version is very similar in design to the one Ray’s photo of.|
|There is also a four-sided version which clearly has a lantern on the top shelf (Dave Mason was right). I rather like the way they cut the floor to fit around the Hydrant.|
There is a pretty darn good description of what a Hydrant/Fire-Hose House was, where used, how constructed and the tools contained:
HYDRANT HOUSES AND EQUIPMENT
70. Hose houses over yard hydrants enable hose to be kept connected and folded upon shelves ready for immediate use. Where there is no trained brigade, or during night fires, or at time of heavy snow, the advantages of hose houses are particularly great. To give an idea of-the relative rapidity with which fire lines can be laid and water turned on, it can be stated that with a good hydrant and hose house equipment the first stream can usually be obtained in about 30 seconds, and two or three minutes are required where a cart has to be run up, hose coupled to hydrants, run out, nozzle attached, and water turned on.
150-250 ft. of cotton rubber-lined hose.
Authors’ Note: Operating “ wrinkles” in connection with hose house equipment include:
a—Soaking axe helves in hot linseed oil to avoid shrinking of the wood. _