10/24/11 88 W, 1 I - + 6 - 4 River Water Supply?

Saw these in Spruce Pine. They're located a stone's throw from the North Toe River, which sits on the other side of the railroad tracks that carry CSX coal trains through town about once an hour. The old depot's to the right of the photo, and this is all along Locust Street. That's the town's "lower" main street. What do you think, preconnected pipes for drafting from the river? In case of emergency water needs?

What are the weird ball looking things to the right of the right most pipe?
Adam - 10/25/11 - 01:37

So, Lee, if you’re correct, I would assume that there are a similar number of connections on the OTHER side of the tracks, as well? Where I started my career we had 2 1/2” pipes buried under the railroad tracks with connections on both sides to allow for prolonged pumping without blocking the tracks.
Furey - 10/25/11 - 09:32

Barry, interesting question. I didn’t think to look on the opposite side of the tracks, where there’s a service road or driveway, between the tracks and the river. Based on Google Maps aerial view, it looks like there COULD be a similiar set of connections there. Also, at the pictured connections above, each pipe had an in-ground “something” behind the pipe. Like where a water meter would reside. What would that be? Maybe a meter to measure gallons flowed, for record keeping?
Legeros - 10/25/11 - 09:54

It seems logical that there would be a second set on the other side. The connections are Storz. I know they make Storz connections for drafting, but it seems more likely that there would be a drafting apparatus on the other side of the tracks to keep from having to try to pull a prime and draft over such a long distance. Neat, though. Never seen this done.
Duda (Email) - 10/25/11 - 15:00

The fact that they are black and metered leaves me to believe they may be related to railroad operations as opposed to fire protection.
D.Cates - 10/25/11 - 16:42

I’ll be in Spruce Pine in Nov, maybe I’ll stop in the firehouse and find out!
shevais - 10/25/11 - 22:07

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