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    I rest my case.......

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    hey look nobody plugged it in yet!!HEAR HOLD MY BEER , Ill do it!!! FAMOUS LAST WORDS and thus the Lilliputians were all wiped out with one fast lightning quick drop of a beer. that dam Gulliver.

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    Slotter at the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company. 1904.

    Fullsize image: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...r_fullsize.jpg


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    File name of full size picture is "McKees Rocks", in semi-disappointment is a Pennsylvania location, not a machine name. Can anyone read the cast in identification found on column, operators right side?
    For a member with empty square footage, a slotter of perhaps next size smaller is available in SoCal, I've bookmarked. It's not on my hunt list, just an easy way to find that vendor. I've run shapers and planers, no shop with a slotter. There were however, some in Los Angeles, running in oil field shops, and Naval Shipyard. Their advantage, large sized work pieces, due to throat depth and built in rotary table, simplifies a difficult set up. Gravity and horizontal just go together.
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    Yes, it's a reference to McKees Rocks Machine and Erecting Shop, assumedly a division of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company. The fullsize image is large, but that's tough to read, even enlarging the page with control-shift-+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Yes, it's a reference to McKees Rocks Machine and Erecting Shop, assumedly a division of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company. The fullsize image is large, but that's tough to read, even enlarging the page with control-shift-+.
    I shift-controlled enough, like a Fuller Road Ranger into top gear; lap top not epitome of viewing. But thank you sincerely. I bookmark almost every machine maker I run across. But impossible seemingly to grasp how many there were, here and gone.

    To think companies would commission photographers in portrait grade work, as a sales tool.....bet no thought of historical value.
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    I am wondering if that writing is not in English. Is it possible that monster was shipped here back then? Unfortunately the best focus in the photo is at the turntable. I can clearly see those graduations when the photo is enlarged. The focus falls off as you move back toward the name plate. But I cannot even begin make out any of the characters on the name plate.

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    Tried my usual tricks (contrast, sharpening, messing with the levels), just not enough pixels back there on the nameplateHigh-quality black-and-white photographs of large old machines and tools-1904_mckees_rocks_slotter_fullsize.jpg. We're gonna need a CSI "Enhance" magic tool to see this one :-)

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    I think .... or russian and it's also in reverse.....

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