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Colorado Rail Annual 31: Colorado Railroad Water Tanks
William Reich
Colorado RR Museum
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2018-02-21 00:00:00
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Colorado Rail Annual 31

Colorado Railroad Water Tanks

by William Reich.

Color laminated hardcover, 8.5x11", 290 pages, 260+ color and b/w images, maps, illustrations. 2013.

"Colorado Railroad Water Tanks is a historical tour of the water tanks of Colorado's steam railroad era.

"Steam locomotives required a large quantity of water to generate the required amount of steam for motive power. Colorado railroads operated over six hundred tanks located along the approximately 6,000 miles of track. The six hundred tanks and their locations are listed in an index and documented with construction dates, sizes, water sources and pumping equipment, when the information is available. The process and history of bringing water from its source to the locomotive's tender is explained and illustrated.

By William Reich. Copyright 2012 Colorado Railroad Historical Foundation. Published and distributed by the Colorado Railroad Museum. 290 pages, over 260 color and black & white photographs, maps and illustrations of tanks and water equipment! Drawings, illustrations, maps and photographs in digital form are also included on a CD. Tanks that still remain are listed and located with GPS data for those wishing to visit these reminders of Colorado's railroad past. 8

"Bill Reich was born in Colorado in 1941. He grew up in Wheat Ridge on Miller Street next to Denver Tramway's no. 83 electric interurban line. Bill graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1965 with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Business Management and Mechanical Engineering. His profesional career was spent in management of small, start-up, technically oriented companies and in engineering product design. For the last twenty years Bill has been researching historic industries of Colorado and has written several books on the subject. They are Colorado Industries of the Past, published in 2008, Colorado Rail Annual no. 29 - Black Smoke & White Iron, in 2009, and Colorado Railroad Icehouses, in 2010, the last two available here at, and published by the Colorado Railroad Museum."