NEW PUMPING STATION AT PHILADELPHIA.
The new pumping station for the auxiliary fire service at Philadelphia, Pa., is a plain, massive steel and brick building located at Delaware avenue and Race street. Its dimensions are seventy-two feet by 140 Its inner walls are of white enameled brick There are installed in it nine gas units, or pumps, with the total capacity of 2,400-horsepower. Each weighs from twenty-four to thirty tons, and can be run at full speed in eighteen seconds. At a pressure of 300 pounds they can discharge 16,000,000 gallons a day almost noiselessly. The fuel is six parts of air to one of gas. The sparks for the engines are obtained with electricity, and there are font different and independent ways of getting a current. The pumps supply nine miles of pipe, and by their means there can be thrown on a burning building the contents of a tank eleven feet long, eleven feet wide, and eleven feet deep; in an hour, the contents of a tank sixty-six foot long, sixty-six feet wide, and sixty-six feet deep; in a day, the contents of a tank 200 feet long, 200 feet wide, and fifty-five feet deep —the pressure being sufficient to raise the water to the top of a column from 575 to 700 feet high.
Ithaca, N. Y., has recently purchased a combina tion chemical and hose wagon, in addition to the chemical engine and hose wagon it had before.