Picture St. Marys
Water Tower Covered in Ice


Description
Creator:
Milton Reesor, Photographer
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
This photo features the water tower once located at the Grand Trunk Railway's Junction Station on Glass Street in St. Marys. The tower supplied water for the servicing of the locomotive steam engines stopping at the facility. The water tank stood atop a wooden substructure. Metal bands encased the tank to prevent rupture.

Note the metal pole visible rising from the top of the tank's roof; this pole acted as a water-level indicator. The bottom end of the pole was attached to a float device inside the tank. The indicator rod would rise and fall with the fluctuating water level.

Ice has accumulated on the exterior of the water tower. Many water towers, located in Northern Ontario and the prairie provinces, were subjected to harsh winters and were therefore heated to prevent this type of freezing. However, this tank was clearly not heated and only frequent usage would have prevented ice build-up.

This image was captured by Milton Reesor, a local photography enthusiast. The water tank would be replaced with another structure several years after this photo was taken. Eventually, the water tower would be demolished at this site due to the discontinued use of steam locomotives in 1959.
Notes:
Condition: Excellent - Image is very clear. Minor discolouration of photograph. No other visible damage. Album page is in excellent condition.
Inscriptions:
"G.T.R. Tank at St. Marys Junction"
Dimensions:
Width: 18.3 cm
Height: 22.8 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 6.5cm
Image Height: 11cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
Reesor189
Collection:
St. Marys Museum Photo Collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.25009 Longitude: -81.13304
Donor:
Dan O'Toole
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
"Water Tower Covered in Ice", St. Marys Museum, Reesor189.
Location of Original:
R. Lorne Eedy Archives
Terms of Use:
Reproduction of digital objects is restricted to fair use for personal research or study; any other use must be done with permission of copyright holder.
Reproduction Notes:
This image is a watermarked low resolution reproduction. High resolution images are available at the St. Marys Museum for a fee.
Contact
St. Marys Museum
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

177 Church Street South,

P.O. Box 998,

St. Marys, Ontario.

N4X 1B6

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Water Tower Covered in Ice


This photo features the water tower once located at the Grand Trunk Railway's Junction Station on Glass Street in St. Marys. The tower supplied water for the servicing of the locomotive steam engines stopping at the facility. The water tank stood atop a wooden substructure. Metal bands encased the tank to prevent rupture.

Note the metal pole visible rising from the top of the tank's roof; this pole acted as a water-level indicator. The bottom end of the pole was attached to a float device inside the tank. The indicator rod would rise and fall with the fluctuating water level.

Ice has accumulated on the exterior of the water tower. Many water towers, located in Northern Ontario and the prairie provinces, were subjected to harsh winters and were therefore heated to prevent this type of freezing. However, this tank was clearly not heated and only frequent usage would have prevented ice build-up.

This image was captured by Milton Reesor, a local photography enthusiast. The water tank would be replaced with another structure several years after this photo was taken. Eventually, the water tower would be demolished at this site due to the discontinued use of steam locomotives in 1959.