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During their heyday, coaling towers fulfilled the role of a fundamentally simple storage vessel
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Coal would be loaded into the elevated storage tower by an attached conveyor mechanism and subsequently dispensed by chutes into the locomotive’s coal-car, or tender.
The coaling tower’s sloped chutes located adjacent to—or at times straddling—the rails permitted traffic flow while servicing parked trains, preventing congestion at the station ahead.
Following these basic guidelines, each tower personifies its pragmatism unencumbered by the abstract rules of symmetry
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