Engine Test at Schenectady, N. Y.
The Schenectady, N. Y., fire department tested its new Knox motor pumping engine April 11. A large crowd gathered at Fuller’s Pond to witness the test. Among the firemen present were Chiefs T. C. Collin, Cohoes; John Mack, Glens Falls; R. A. Maxson, Gloversville; E. S. Shadwick, Saratoga, and W. G. Shepard, Pittsfield, Mass; Assistant Chief Ranken, of Troy, and several Mayors and other city officials. The test, which was under the direction of Chief H. R. Yates, was in every way successful. The engine threw 705 gallons of water a minute, which exceeded its builder’s guarantee by 105 gallons. With one line of 100 feet of hose and a 1 3/8 nozzle it threw 660 gallons. With two lines of 100 feet of hose each, one 1 3/8-inch nozzle and one 1 3/8-inch nozzle it threw 705 gallons. There was scarcely enough vibration in any part of the machine to be noticeable. The pump and the motor were subjected to a long gruelling run, but showed no signs of heating or other trouble. After the water throwing tests the engine was sent up the Broadway hill in several tests and in all of them it more than met the claims of the makers.