Town of Coleman, Alberta

Piggy Bank (Ten Ton Toots)

Piggy Bank - Regan Paynter
Designer: H.K. Porter (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

When Built: 1901

Dimensions:
Unknown

Construction Materials:
steel

Location:
South side of Highway #3

Reason for Building:

Additional Information:

It is made from an old train engine, a 36-inch gauge air-driven 0-4-0 "thermos bottle" locomotive. It was used at one time to pull coal cars in the mines, most likely the International Coal and Coke Co. Mine which is located on the other side of the River from downtown Coleman.

Plaque beside monument reads:
"This is Ten Ton Toots, know to miners as a "Dinky". From 1904 to 1954, Toots hauled five million tons of coal to daylight over 180,000 miles of underground tracks. Toots is a 7 X 7 X 14 compound air locamotive, using compressed air at 800 pounds pressure to pull up to 200 ton loads."
Toots invites your inspection - and contribution
Coleman Lions Club"

Information Source: Don Wilson and Plaque on statue

Picture Source: Regan Paynter

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Created By DMY on August 10, 1999
Last Updated: October 27, 2002