||If available, the trackside water tanks were frequently feed from a
reliable stream. However, if the stream had low or seasonal flow,
or the elevation gain was not sufficient, the railroad would resort to
either city water or the use of mechanical equipment to pump water supplied by
either a well or a nearby stream or lake. Pump houses were built to
contain the equipment, and frequently included a bunk room for the
This model represents a typical facility with a stationary steam powered
water pump supplied by a small boiler, and comes with pit or well cover.
Building is 10' x 24'.
In later years, the boilers were frequently removed and replaced with an
electric motor driven pump. Documentation shows that some locations
used a Sterling Steam Engine driven pump. When a train stopped and
filled the tenders, the fireman would throw a shovel full of burning coal into
the pump engine's firebox, give the flywheel a spin, and then the train would be on
its way. The engine would continue to spin, pumping water into the tank,
until the embers died out, causing the engine to stop. This eliminated the
need of having a boiler watchman.