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Robert Lee I 






ITIATI . - FOR -- ■' ■ 

TAU B£TA i J I 



December IS, 1 



" :sis 

t ;ssis deals 

tion LI "'" e Holtwood PI:". 4 -. It treats 

of the : . ... . ..liver and e 

difficult Ltered* Ln the buj f H lti 3d, ' lly 

Lor to actui " tion, is is ] ' the .. rt 

outstanding engineers r ed in 1 >n of Holt- 

The dev ent of t s eq '. ')f Holtwood is des- 

cri - tani .._ ture design 



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t 

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e "-'" t ■■■- ' , ?0C 

the except j f 1 

rence , th< is the 1 Jst that empt 3 

th At] ' - 

tie til i jtricity. T 

. the river's st 

In t^e Last fort 'its 

ter t 'ivej " 

re of the , Ld sen an 

■ic devel it. 

lit ion is of j 
er plants, as it that ■ 

t 3 runoff •' the entire id 

dtustrial lc • - - 
the Atl ntic S« 'd, 

I STORY OF 1 

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r "be ' ■ 

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int 3 red 






pent the remaining 1 t >f 

tu 

...... tne paper stage or we 

tive f J ~ IT ever thele ss hi s pr of ile 

t import 1 ' ' ' 

] ectric _ t e 

- ■ "lic- 

tii: ; interest obtaj Lght t ' ver. 

' tnese - - - • tj tec ~ \ recent- - 

rent - ■ ; cess o '" t 3C Ln- 

ted in ele- ent in t [uehanna re- 

s Fred. St of tof ' - ' Diat 

".led the nd obtained 

ist lb, 1900. T::is 
ject at ' "-out one and one- Les Del 

i, Yor 3 I ennsy] the 

of the tne railroad trac 'the pe 

e const- n cor' ed reloc ti 

- ' r ;cessi~ ' ixy loi ! r. ... 

int( eated i : this 
"! , in l'JOl , sent s t eet tJ * 

' te. ;hle " li- 

tre ■ Ite in the vicinit 

of Cully 1 a Fall 
near piney I - sped into t; 



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Ferry plant. T t te; 

■ - re fori i 

t " end in t tended to >ver to- 

ide of the 

Ti- ' nt twooc " , 

; enti ■ ;he construct} terizea by cte- 

a delays; t ere no excej 

t ion. " ■"" e - 

nece 'lict ■] ... 

3d the ■ Tic Lght 

ject. After t f Ltle 

tiat ions, the the 

ed. Thii final] 

pse of '3 since the 3ti ti : an- 

to. rnesl leers, 

le, cire- 1 ty the 

- - ■ ■ r _ 

' Jthe ner- The property owners cterii t 

i 'or " 4 'or 

the ir pr t It ry , er the cr 

-ion f] feet. ' tep 

ver thele it _ ly f t e j that ch 

• J ? ture 

Levelopraent , t of 1 vi i 

ve left - )ut I feet no: below Oo] 



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Lth 1 ?cided on, 

i e -eived Fr t e 

- enginee L: nd cont: 'act 

y dec idea t t 11 of these nd rejected 

:.r. :. L. "" of the "- d- 

jd to Dulld tht ^d to 

....... Actu! the site 

35. 
It ' bered that pioneer- 

t ie ouilde recedent to re . In the de- 

se, no ide -"Vie present 

tput sver entertained. Mr. ~ ' J te ent "The most 

■' • pe of t I ? err; : ject to sell one qu 

ter billion kilo-watt hours ', contrasts lth 

the estimated total ener lee from of Holtwood in 2 jf 

1,2 ,C DO, 000 kiloi rs. 

^Call's i - iwer C financial diffi- 

mt into recei 1 ' ' . 1 37 , 

aer tne sment of the Hutch j t t , . 3d. 

At this time, the t 3 leted rk rd- 

1; on the j . ■;. blared, present : 

of the Board of nd Power C 

ed recei-- 17, 1900, The Pe 

- a Power C 3r - rood, was organ- 

ized on Jan 13, 1910 and t aer tnis ma- 

2 nt . 



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The write ' twood 

- s , 
'• it is ' t i . -of 

rse the 'the site of t] er develop- 

: . J. ]■:. - ' - ■ 

t . - ' t lolt of Uontre; 1 !d- 

)Od of Toronto, then o if cirec- 

tors of tne Pennr i power 

Ho?. ' 3d in the f - 11 of 19: 

kilo-- tt ;t , fl.0, So the evoluti 

of tne : • it of Holt >c 'pro re Bed; 'e 

visio to t n of the Penn- 

Bylvania rater er Co;-. ■ tne most 3 tport ' 

ization id. 

Lntexesl t te the enthusj 

* e official Jt ' 'Baltimore 

pe mt ele 

v er 1 . twe en Hoi t wo od 

pect i I the plant 

' •-■--■-■- - ■ ■ - . 

a the at of a n] 

■ - ■■ ■ 

Th^ Holtwooi xole is - ;hy of conelder- 
Lon. The t LI ror tne foret u nt of its engi- 
neers, : t with io- 
cs. It le fa: a of its time ""or 



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- t - 

t tliat Holt : fcremen- 

do- vri.nc t • 

-- ee 

■ , for "' ' '" 'eet flood 

■ a on ' t of 1V.& : ''' t. The Lt if the 

resulted in tne flooa^ if tne I ... gQ 

it ' to raise tne Lstance 

' ' - 1, )0. 

;ed to 1 Ld it 

tec : 3 the c • ' J ] Tnj 

v nied to 
er verti^- " ine en- 

exciters of 1000 nori s er tur- 
bines ana b0" kv rators. t the snore end of the power eta- 
nollow ice sj reed by the t innel. 
ed to 1 "" Lght enter the fore 
take the rac jaution and f ound i : t 
necf y In ope" 1 ; t nt. 

The Lt 30verea to pro- 

tect the o r t ^d 

to prevent ' tj tr t '■ t j s the int r- 

tt j tot: 3ks. It was t t that 

■ t ice wo": t oe trout;! ' t 

lon c distance upstre t jr, but it deve] 

the rind effe*~ the iced the under to 

;nor ice, - to th< 






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tended to fre t . Thii ^ventec 

lifting t ' Lr. 

enclosed fore * c! ". " Lee 

>re to the end of the int ] na booms, u 

to divert f] nd drift. The down end . ' t is in- 

Lned the c tation - - : Ln the 

lee of t e project-'.' t " 'l's Ferry, -opt of the float- 

deflected i '-- ~fie intake to the Lde 

of the 

To preve Fluctu tions of floods 

to the t at the station 

of the spill'" y to Piney Isl Lnoi ex - fill 

the st ' islands to the 1 ' 

)re technical det i] ' the 
construction t the Company Lth fish, the 

lilt j ' pert ' t - ' 

the in the atere. Guided Dy t 

■ re Fish Co \on, t e >d1j built fish ladders 

over ■' • ■ ' . Lie the fj 

uilt on the ' of the Sx ~ r ~' : .on, it failed 

entire t " at a i c ; e 1 

iver t " ~ic stunt 'out na " m. Later, 

rated, the Comnission 
built in a different -;ition, t 1 proved fu- 

tile id further e* ;nt 3 of t 3 re 

Incif the shad aia even* die >i it \ J ' 

■ t Unxestrict ucec * eir numbers 






- - - — Lnc t in that n t 

'voir wall 
sen--* - - ■ " to the ten units, 

•■ t -.crete pier ■ t ;e re- 

cesses. :"] " eld b?" 

five 8 — 3 .--*- 

■■-evented entr - t- 

tri ah ool inside of the ■ cl 

it r c 

Ld^e crane tr-.veli 

- . terial. The o - > 

■ ■ ■ - steel lift nes. 

t of the ■ ■ ' ■ i; jction 

_ -■ r , .. - 

' thin tre lis pi 3d door In tin en- 

ere the ten elect t r vei ; ,+ ;s 

ove t oir Fr rmer turbines in cellular concrete 

Over til ; floor : the travel] ■ : 
for :ent. 

The first five gene the 1. ■ t 1 '.en 

il&ble, ror which it - t " irbine runners 

to a sh< '• it to the intake sj 

ler turbines ' ut b tnese first tur i 
being- installed. Tur- -nits one to ej t i e double run- 
ners. L J ~ " ~ . ' " . er Co cut out 
the c te of .e runner t 3 pit eel 

ral int ;u with th< 






lee, tJ mt in? 

t.o ] D00 in ' sted 
In ■ "■ ' tne etati >n, bet 6 

r driven 100C e poser exciters. Al] '" u it£ =re 
. : 
At tne front Lde of t e to: " es 

of - e Donstxuotj ' t t e divlaed dr ft tubes 

3d, utili " t foundation of the bus and bwH 

3 final t 'efore ' te de- 

.. e ..... .-....-.■ . .. , . • Db t It 

that j ixillia: te we lant ided 

Llizing tne co iver oect --overed v< 

Adequate tre is, tne let est cevelo )f 

■"'•■ ~' 1 wil] 

t d . 
p : „ ._ - s reliable t ■ 

e It oe criti the Its of 

the ? Lve t Lnf < reed 

is t tera] ture vent ion ; re. i nd 

too cc olex and cmstricted . ent of floors and p; es. 

e deeireable feat 3 Lble j .. , 

■ developed, uc tne nner s] ' ral 

tur oved ' lee] i it tes, 

of tr^nsfor, p] - ern Con- 

L t i e ce 88 il tr if 1 j 



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- ■ ' t •■ the achievemenl ' 1 

dec Holt wood has been 

rightful] moratory. sssive rr sc- 

i,e. , ~ e first 

jr secti , Leal of 

ree8 ' - le in lc 3 tu ne desj ir- 

3d. 
Lneers, must recognize the import, .t- 

d, " i ilest e 

iineering Knowledge. 



BI1 3 HY 

. ; liner; I la Wat e 

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I. L. T ; - en nd Power 

nd. 

Cornell Civil leer; November, 1925 

Fc 

urers Record; October 4, 

Cli , i .ire Sun, .. . tur October 

lo, 1910. 

Ltiuor .. , Frid t ber 

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3 Anic . t 

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DAM AND POWER HOUSE FEOM YORK COUNTY SHORT. W;T1< FLOOD I 




Map Showing 

Territory Within Economical 

Distance of Transmission 

PENNSYLVANIA WATER & POWER CO. 

TrauMnwaion Lines of P. W. & P, Co. _ 
Line* of P. W. 6f P. Co a Customers