TO INCREASE THE AMOSKEAG PLANT.
The Manchester N. H., Evening Union, of July 26, says that two new buildings, an assembling shop and a testing house, are to be built by the American Locomotive company at its plant in that city, to meet the requirements of the steadily growing steam fire engine business. The company has been constantly adding to its equipment there in the last two years, discarding old machinery steadily, and gradually bringing the plant up to a modern standard. Each and all of these additions of more modern machinery and increased shop room have added to the output of the works and to the economy of construction. Eor some time the quarters occupied by the steam fire engine department have been crowded, owing to the rapidly increasing business of this department, until it was evident that more room must be had; and to this end plans and specifications were made for a new building This building is to be erected at once, and the contract to construct it has been awarded to the J. II. Mendel! company. The building will be of brick and wood, one story in height, and will lie 77 by 66 ft. ground plan, with a centre bay25 ft. in width, in which will be installed a 5-ton traveling crane that will he operated bv elecricity. The current to drive the crane will be obtained from the Manchester Traction. Light and Power company. T his new building will be known as the assembling shop, as it will be used as a place for putting together the steam lire engines. Quite a number of new special tools has just been installed in the shops, especially for the manufacture of steam fire engines. including lathes, drills, boring mills and special turret machines. When this building is completed, quarters at present in use as a setting-up room will lie used for finishing up and painting the steamers after they have been tested. The new assembling shop will be situated in the centre of the plant within easy reach of the several contributing shops. Work has also been started on a new building planned for the special purpose of testing steam fire engines, and. when it icompleted, it will Ire the place where all steam engines, whether new or repaired, will receive their preliminary and final trials before leaving the works. This building will lx* of wood and will be situated just north of Dean street, on Canal street, upon land owned by the company. In connection with this building, a tank or cistern will lxconstructed, so planned that, when a steamer on trial is taking water from it, the exact amount of water, in gallons, handled, can be told at a glance at any time. There will also be a hydrant in this building so that water can be taken from the city main or from the tank as desired, thus giving a test under conditions similar to any that might arise, were the machine in service at a fire. These tests will be of sufficient duration to show the operator that the boiler and working parts of the engine under test are in firstclass condition and working properly This is a much needed improvement, in connection with the new shop, and will greatly facilitate the turning-out of work in the steam fire engine department of the Locomotive works. Orders have been coming in freely for the last few months, and there are now under construction at the shop steam fire engines as follows: Three for Pittsburg, Pa.; three for Detroit, Mich.; one each for Stamford, Conn., Richmond, Va. Altoona, Pa., Brockton, Nantucket. Boston and Gardner, Mass., Portland, Me., Buffalo and Elyria, N. Y., two for Hartford, Conn., and three for Chicago. The preliminary trial of several days of a selfpropeller for the Newark, N. J.. department has just been completed, and has been most satisfactory. Steamers have recently been shipped to Oklahoma, Newark. N. J., Laconia, Brookline. Mass., and other places. It is the intention of the company to fit up this department of the locomotive works with the best of machinery and devices for the special manufacture of steam fire engines, and, if possible, to improve on the previous excellent class of work produced it will he done. The business of the Amoskeag steam fire engine is owned by the International Power company, and the machines will continue to be built there under contract, by the American Locomotive company. T he business was sold to ‘his company something like a year ago, and at that time fears were expressed, that this industry might go to some other place than Manchester. Since the sale the machines have been built here on orders from the general agent of the International Power company, D. Arthur Burt, whose headquarters are in. Boston. Mr. Burt has two traveling men out soliciting business, and the sale of Amoskeag steam fire engines will be unshed in the markets of the world. Increased business will undoubtedly follow the installation of increased facilities for production. That the Amoskeag steam fire engine will continue to be a Manchester product will be good news to many.
Woodward, Okla., now has a waterworks plant.