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Re: [CBQ] Hot Springs, SD Water Tank

Subject: Re: [CBQ] Hot Springs, SD Water Tank
From: "Mike Decker" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 20:50:51 -0800
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The Mystery is (partly) solved....

From 1891 until 1922, the Q had an Engine Terminal in Hot Springs.  A spur came off the Branch behind the Evans Plunge building, crossed Hot Brook, then Cold Brook twice, on pile trestles, and went about 1900 feet up to a loading point for the 'Baker Plaster Company'.  On this spur was a switch on the north side to the turntable lead, and the Engine House.  There was a wooden water tank between the tracks, and an oil tank at the Engine House.  Along the track were also a Section House and some other little buildings.

In 1918, they made an agreement with the North-Western to share the North-Western's Engine Facilities, and the track was removed in 1922.  The North-Western Engine House was enlarged to two stalls to accommodate the Burlington engine.  There was no actual water tank there, but the Engine House had a 4" water main inside the building.  Here's a partial view of the Engine House after the second stall was added.  My guess is that the elevated tank is for fuel oil for the locomotives.

I still don't know what the Q did for locomotive water after the 1937 flood took out the North-Western's Hot Springs Branch.  They probably weren't using diesels yet.  I don't know if they had a tank between the one at Minnekahta and town.

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