The Electric Power Plant at Boone.


Bill Miller
 

All:

A picture turned up of a coal trestle next to what is labeled the New River Light and power companies Boone power plant. A check of ASU's website gave a time line for the power plant first built in 1926 that it had a small boiler and a engine / generator that produced 180Kw. It was stated it burned 5 tons of coal a day and was used as back up source of power for the hydro electric plant. The plant got a second larger unit in 1937 an Erieball 250Kw machine and in 1938 a larger Skinner 260 Kw machine was installed. If both units ran the plant would be using approximately 18 tons of coal a day which the ET&WNC / Linville River would have brought to the plant. So from 1938 to the flood of 1940 which took out the railroad three 30 ton ET&WNC hoppers of coal would / could have come to the plant over the railroad replaced by trucks after 1940, till conversion of the units to burn oil in 1946 
The remains of the building are still in Boone but a fire in 1966 destroyed company records. Does any one know what type of boilers were used to power the ErieBall and Skinner engines and generators?  Can anyone point me to a picture on the net  of Boone that shows the power plant and the spur off the Linville River  in the back ground 

Bill Miller

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