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The Steamer’s Friend: The O Scale Cripple Creek Water Tower from Menards
Dimensions: 6”W x 6”D x 12”H
Steam locomotives are thirsty creatures, and railroads devoted considerable resources into placing water towers along the line to keep the trains rolling. This water tower will be all you need to keep your steam-powered fleet in service.
The Basics: This is a fully assembled and decorated railroad water tower. The base is covered in grass and has eight support legs and a square wooden box to protect the tower’s water supply. The base is approximately 6 by 6 inches, and the structure is 12 inches high. No power is required.
Why you need this: This is a universal design that would look good servicing the largest O gauge steamers or a tea kettle switcher. The wood construction would date it from the earlier part of the last century, but you can find towers like this still in service on some tourist railways.
The building has nice color contrasts with varying shades of brown the structural support columns, the central water column beneath the tank, and the tank itself. There is an access ladder running the length of one side and a water depth gauge on the front. The roof is simulated metal and has two steps and a hatch just above the ladder.
The water spout can be raised and lowered manually. There is a metal counterweight attached to the spout by a chain. The weight raises or lowers depending on the position of the spout.
The compact footprint of the tower makes it a good candidate for placement alone, out in the wilderness along your mainline or right next to your engine maintenance shop. Even if you don’t run steam right now, you might want to buy one because you never know when you’ll need one.
That is really beautiful, and a great price! Ordering one right now plus 3 of the new box cars!
There’s also a nice two-stall engine house on the website.
Love it ,as usual with Menards stuff! Going to install it near the little country station, just before the tunnel. Then circle them with some free trees! LOL
$39.99 for a detailed water tower!!!! Menards knocked this right out of the park on price!!!
Great Job Mark and Menards!!
Great job a usual! These guys just keep on coming with great affordable products.
Too bad they haven't made an engine yet to pull all their cars around with.
franktrain had it right, a water tower!
I'd like to know how the "hints" lead to a water tower. The folks in the photo I'm not familiar with, though they could be a band from long ago.
The Band. They have a song Up on Cripple Creek.
Finally something from Menards I can use.
Thanks Mark at Menards
Soon as I see it at one three Menards in my area , I will buy the water tower & engine house .
I will be buying some tank cars & box cars . The M&M cars will be bought too .
Bill in Wauwatosa,WI
Must have for me and the $ fits my pocket.. Keep the good stuff coming Mark.
looks like menards is going to need both aisle sides in there stores this Christmas to display and stock all there train items now.
they could take a small section in the store and make a train department. they could stock train items there along with small hobby related tools like dremels and small screw drivers, soldering guns and craft wood ect.
just leave this section up year round. maybe in a back corner of the store that does not take up much valuable realestate and maybe just maybe they would seel more trains and hobby relaited tools year round in house as well as there web sight.
just dreaming though. as a little kid back in the day I remember going to Woolworths and they had a small train section where I would drool over the HO train engines in the glass case if my memory serves me right.
Gee, I may have to retire my Plasticville water towers.
Wow that's big! I'm actually thinking of buying the HO version since my layout layout is smaller and patterned after the old west; running Generals and other small steamers (Lionel 1615). The HO dimensions are 3-3/4”W x 3-3/4”D x 7-3/8”H. I'll probably mount it up a little higher up on an outcropping next to the tracks.