New Haven Rail Yard, Central Steam Plant and Oil Storage, Vicinity of Union Avenue , New Haven, New Haven County, CT
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Vicinity of Union Avenue, New Haven, CT
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER CT-160-C
Building/structure dates: 1930 initial construction
Significance: The Central Steam Plant is significant as an important component of the New Haven Railroad's maintenance and repair facilities. It was built during a time of thriving passenger service, a period in which the railroad also undertook a massive rebuilding program that updated its freight-car fleet. Through a network of overhead pipes, the plant provided steam to heat the entire shop complex, as well as the nearby passenger station. The boilers, pumps, and other machinery are of interest as examples of early twentieth-century steam-plant technology.
Steam Power Plants
Gibbs & Hill
Connecticut Department Of Transportation
New Haven Railroad
Babcock And Wilcox
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
OVERVIEW OF CENTRAL HEATING PLANT, WITH OIL STORAGE ON LEFT, BOILER BUILDING ON RIGHT, SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS, CAMERA FACING NORTH.
SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS OF BOILER BUILDING, CAMERA FACING NORTH.
EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS OF BOILER BUILDING, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST.
WEST ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING SOUTHEAST.
SOUTH ELEVATION, ADJACENT TO OIL STORAGE, CAMERA FACING NORTHEAST.
DETAIL OF STACKS ON ROOF, CAMERA FACING NORTH.
WEST AND SOUTH ELEVATION OF OIL STORAGE STRUCTURE, CAMERA FACING NORTHEAST.
TOP SURFACE OF OIL STORAGE STRUCTURE, CAMERA FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR OF BOILER BUILDING, FIRST LEVEL, EAST SIDE, SHOWING STEAM-DRIVEN PISTON PUMPS FOR FUEL OIL, CAMERA FACING EAST.
INTERIOR, FIRST LEVEL, WEST SIDE, SHOWING STEEL FRAMING OF BUILDING, CAMERA FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR, SECOND LEVEL, SHOWING BOILERS. BOILER AT LEFT HAS REPLACED BURNERS. CAMERA FACING NORTH.
DETAIL OF BOILER, SHOWING (TOP TO BOTTOM) ENDS OF STEAM CHAMBERS, DOORS GIVING ACCESS TO TUBING, AND SIX BURNERS, CAMERA FACING WEST.
DETAIL OF BURNERS, CAMERA FACING NORTHWEST.
DETAIL OF ENDS OF BOILER TUBING WITH DOORS OPEN, CAMERA FACING WEST.
INTERIOR WITHIN TRUSSES FOR ROOF, SHOWING CATWALK, TOPS OF STEAM CHAMBERS, AND BASE OF ONE STACK, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST.
DETAIL OF STACK BASE, CAMERA FACING NORTHWEST.
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