Empire State Express 1905

By James Mulvey; posted December 20, 2014

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I came across this 1905 short film on the Empire State Express steam train taking on water. Nothing special about that is there, we all can picture a steam train stopping at and getting filled from a trackside water tower. Two methods are shown in this picture. A typical water tower is in the background just ahead of the engine and two tracks over. In this video it shows how the express train picks up a water supply without stopping, saving time . Leading edge technology for it's day, and a method that was rediscovered 50 years later as a method for airplanes to quickly reload water tanks to fight forest fires. A method basically unchanged that is still in use over 100 years later !

A clip from a 1938 French movie showing the procedure taken from inside the locomotive cab.


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