DPL photos CHS.J3802 and CHS.5119 show what appears to be a dam and pond near the water tank at Pitkin.Could this have been to help provide water for the tank?Hettinger N.D. on the Milwaukee Road dug a small lake to provide for their engines.
There is an entire chapter in the DSP&P Pictorial showing damage to South Park track in Platte Canyon because of the failure of the Cheeseman Dam.
You hit the nail on the head, Chris. That was what the 98 car (iirc ) siding at Riverview was for - loading ice. I found that out writing the ice articles. Was going to further that series someday. There was also a dam at Buffalo for the same reason. I don't know where it was located but the lay of the land and other hints suggest it was at or near the horse bridge to the south of town. And it may have been you that suggested the heavy tower structure seen in the photos was an ice house. All sorta makes sense. Ice was very, very big in the Platte Canyon.
Of course the topic of this thread is aimed at ice harvesting,but the failure of Goose Creek Dam washed out more than four miles of track in Platte Canyon disrupting operations for about 24 days-no through trains but they operated around it by routing traffic by way of the Colorado Midland.One C&S coal car caught in the flood area was never accounted for.
I think those operations are pretty well known, Rick. These Buffalo operation aren't. They were more pre and TOC with principles who gained involvement as early as the late '60s and early '70s - before the RR made it feasible to harvest ice from the Platte canyon.