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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Forest fires in 1915,   pp. 83-85 PDF (630.5 KB)


Page 83


BIENNIAL REPORT
spent in keeping a closer watch on the logging engines, rather than calling
on the larger round houses so frequently.
  The reason of the poor conditions of the logging engines is the frequent
changing of crews, and the master mechanic or superintendent of the com-
pany neglecting to make personal inspections as to the conditions of
same.
  Records of heid end and ash pan inspections at the larger round houses
are kept to date with a few exceptions. Quite a large number of the smaller
round houses which are terminals, where they house from two to five
engines, keep no record at all.
  Of the various kinds of head end spark arresters, now in use, the "Slater
Box Front" of the C. & N. W. Ry. is the best. The Master Mechanic
front ends used by the C. M. & St. P. Ry., Soo Line, G. B. & W. Ry.,
and others, are efficient and give very good service if kept in repair.
  The "Teepee" stack hood used by the C. M. & St. P. Ry., is
a very good
one. At that I doubt if it is any better than the one used by the C. &
N. W. Ry., which is a much easier one to be made and cheaper in construc-
tion. The Soo Line hood is a good one, but a bungly affair, and much more
expensive to make than either of the others.
  Engine crews with whom I have talked find no fault with the steaming
of engines with hoods attached. The objection they have is that the cab
is filled with live cinders, making it very disagreeable.
  The Soo Line has installed on the sides of all their engines carrying
stack hoods, observation windows, which will do away with a great deal
of the unpleasant features regarding cinders.
  Of all the different styles of ash pans, the hopper slide and C. B. &
Q.
of the large type of engines is the best. The hopper pan with drop bottom
is a very poor one. The only engines equipped with same are the Lake
Superior Terminal & Transfer Company of Superior, and they do not
leave the yards.
  The best pan for the small standard engines is the swipe pan, but I
note that the C. M. & St. P. Ry., are replacing same with a shallow hopper
pan which is not giving very good satisfaction, by reason of the many
openings caused by the slide running through the hopper. The slat
bottom pan, of which there are but very few still in use, are the poorest
and
most dangerous.
  Twenty-seven rights-of-way were inspected. Of these, two were found
to be "Good." The right-of-way of most of the main lines of the
C. M. &
St. P. By., the N. W. Lines and the Soo Line, are in very fair condition.
None of them, however, are strictly within the law, and could be improved
upon.
                     FOREST FIRES IN 1915.
  Favorable weather conditions during the past four years have kept the
damage of fires to a minimum. At the end of the fire season of 1915,
circular letters were sent out to all town fire wardens outside the protected
area. The data compiled from the reports of 318 fire wardens is as follows:
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