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a goose-neck apparatus for supplying water from an elevated tank, as to the tender of a locomotive
A water crane is a device used for delivering a large volume of water into the tank or tender of a steam locomotive. The device is sometimes also called a water column in the United States. As a steam locomotive consumes large quantities of water, water cranes were a vital part of railway station equipment, often situated at the end of a platform, so that water could be refilled during a stop at the station. Generally, water cranes consist of an upright steel pipe about 8 to 12 inches in diameter with a horizontal, pivoting pipe connected to its upper end so as to form a swinging arm. The swinging arm is usually designed to rest parallel to the rails when not in use. Water cranes may be able to deliver up to ten cubic metres of water per minute.
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