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Re: Water tank height
Posted by: J.B.Bane (IP Logged)
Date: April 14, 2012 12:23PM

The likely explanation for the high water tanks is that they served a dual function as part of the water supply for indoor plumbing in surrounding buildings. For every 2.31' of elevation you get 1lb. of pressure or .433 lbs/ft. The typical water tank when full is not tall enough vertically to supply more than 10-12 lbs. at ground level. 15-20 is bare minimum for water supply to indoor plumbing, 40-60+ being more in line with modern expectations.



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  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jerry Day 04/13/2012 05:32PM
  Source of credit John West 04/13/2012 06:28PM
  Re: Source of credit Everett Lueck 04/13/2012 08:31PM
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  Re: Regrinning smileyual Gauge Leadville Engine facilities Keith 04/14/2012 09:43AM
  Re: Water tank height J.B.Bane 04/14/2012 12:23PM
  Re: Water tank height Jeff Ramsey 04/14/2012 01:37PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 hank 04/14/2012 09:09AM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jimmy Blouch 04/14/2012 03:22PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jeff Ramsey 04/14/2012 09:00PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jimmy Blouch 04/15/2012 06:25PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jeff Ramsey 04/15/2012 10:41PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jerry Day 04/14/2012 10:22AM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jeff Ramsey 04/14/2012 11:16AM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jerry Day 04/14/2012 12:27PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jeff Ramsey 04/14/2012 02:22PM
  Re: Dual Gauge at Leadville part 2 Jerry Day 04/14/2012 02:32PM


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Engine number 489 and 486 as mid train helper with a 64 car westbound freight. Photographed: east of Cumbres, Colo., May 28, 1939.

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