Improvements at Danville.
At Danville, Ill., it has been definitely decided to improve the watering facilities of the local terminals of the Peoria & Eastern division of the Big Four. The improvements will be in the nature of a large reservoir and a pumping station at Hillery. Work on the storage tank and pumping station is to begin at once. The improvement is due to the difficulty the railway’s locomotives experience in obtaining water. At present all engines which are unable to water at Lyons are forced to back down to the Junction where is located the only water tank of the Big Four terminals. Owing to the fact that the Wabash and Chicago and Eastern Illinois lines cross the Peoria & Eastern at this point, considerable delay is experienced before a locomotive can take on water, due to the necessary precautions that are taken in guarding crossings. In addition to its undesirable location, the Junction pumping station is not a reliable source for water during dry weather. As the water for the tank is pumped from a creek spanned by the Big Four a few feet from the pumping station, the tank has on several occasions gone dry w’hen the creek’s flow was too low to draw from. A well will be bored to supply the new reservoir, which will be of concrete.