To Carry Hose Over Car Tracks.
The test of a method of hoisting fire hose above the street car tracks so as to avoid blocking them in case of a fire recently took place at Toronto, Out. It proved to be very superior to the cumbersome rail device often used, by which the cars are carried over the hose. The invention of Outside Superintendent McCoullough, of the street car system of that city, reverses the old styles of proceeding. By means of a tackle and bucket on two opposite trolley poles, the hose is caught up and hoisted to a position just below the wires. By that means every car passing under it has its trolley pulled down for the moment: but the impetus is always sufficient to carry it past. Though the apparatus used on the occasion of the test was somewhat rudely constructed, it proved a gratifying success. It is claimed for the buckets that they can be attached in five minutes with the hose in operation. and that they may be conveniently carried about.