Sunday, November 30, 2008
Last week the Billy Goat was talking to Pete, the old-timer that walks the Mountain Park access road, and the subject of the old Mountain Park water pump station came up.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Billy Goat recently paid a visit to the Mt.Tom power plant but couldn't gain access,
The Mt. Tom Power Plant is situated on an 80-acre tract of scenic woodland lying between Mt. Tom and an S-curve in the Connecticut River, a few miles north of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Remote from urban or industrial development, it seems an unlikely location for a power plant, but in this instance appearances are deceiving.
The location has important advantages. It is convenient both to railroad lines, over which fuel for the plant is brought in, and to transmission lines, over which the power generated by the plant is dispatched throughout the region. The Connecticut River provides make-up water for the plant's steam cycle. Approximately 1.1 million pounds of high pressure steam per hour passes through the steam turbine and is condensed back into water to repeat the cycle. The river also easily provides the 90,000 gallons of cooling water pumped every minute through the condenser and back into the river, warmer than before but harmless to the environment.
A distinctive feature of the Mt. Tom plant is its "outdoor" boiler structure, an all-weather design representing a considerable cost saving through the elimination of conventional outer walls. The 163-foot high (13 story) boiler section is encased only by its structural steel framework. Less obvious is the elevation of the plant site and all major equipment to a level well above that reached by the river in the flood of 1936, when the utility's Riverside Station was flooded as 16.8 feet of water passed over the dam in Holyoke.
The Mt. Tom Power Plant went into service in 1960 as a coal-fired unit. In 1970, because of new air quality regulations and for reasons of economy, the plant was converted to burn oil. In 1981, because of the uncertainty of oil supplies, as well as oil's escalating price, Mt. Tom was converted back to coal. New state-of-the-art pollution control equipment has been installed to meet current environmental regulations.
Mt. Tom burns about 1,200 tons of coal daily and has on-site storage space for about 150,000 tons. Coal is delivered by rail cars, which arrive at the station in 80-car trains. The generating capacity of 146,000 kilowatts is enough to meet the electrical demand of a city more than twice the size of Holyoke. (Info courtesy of First Light Power Resources)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
When Arnolds Park in Iowa needed parts to refurbish their roller coaster, they turned to Mt. Park which was selling off their rides due to the closing of the park.
Although It's been 20 plus years since the closing of Mt. Park in Holyoke Ma., the park's rides live on bringing joy to many adults and children. Here are some of the rides that visitors to Mt. Park will remember.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
(CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR LARGER IMAGE) Here is what's left of the Mt. Park Ballroom and Golf Course, notice the stairs that lead to the Ballroom have been taken out along with the concrete slab that was once the Ballroom floor, also the the familiar stairway overpass that was used to cross over the old Mt.Park Zephyr train tracks along with the tunnels are now history, the mound of debris is all that's left of the Golf Course.