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    Blacksmith shop at the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company. March, 1904.

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


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    Cripes! I wonder where all the steam hammers, anvils and implements are today
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    ...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...

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    As regards the 60" draw-cut shaper, I think your memory is playing tricks... Morton
    were the US draw-cut specialists and made a 60" DC shaper as did Butler of the UK.
    Butler's was just on 39 tons and 14.5' high. The ram had both boring and milling capability.
    If I can clear my desk I'll scan some pix.

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    Back in the '80s I knocked on the door of Vickers in Barrow in Furness, UK, and asked if
    I could come in for a look. They told me to go away! :-(
    Anyway a friendly security guard advised me to apply for permission, which I did, and
    apparently after vetting by MI6, a week later, Head office London, extended an invitation! :-)
    Anyway on my "grand tour" of the establishment, conducted by no less than the head draftsman,
    I visited the Blacksmith shop, A building of similar size to the above, but very organized.
    Both opposing walls consisted of at least ten heating furnaces each with an attendant swing crane
    and a steam hammer.
    On that day, only two were operational, forging the breech lump on the end of what to be 155mm
    howitzer barrels, Vickers had an order of 100 for the Italian Army.
    Later I saw them boring the ends of the trailing arms of the carriages, and when I commented that
    they appeared fabricated out of SS, the reply was: If you're over $1million per, you wouldn't want them to rust! :-)
    BTB At that time, they were installing a new VMC with a capacity of 16' cube. 16 million.

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    Those of you who might get to Ely, Nevada. There is an old shortline mining railroad (the Nevada Northern) there that runs steam excursion trains in the summer. If you catch them in the off season and things are quiet there see, if you can get over their machine shop and talk sweet to the shop boss. Maybe he will let you get into the dark recesses of the engine house where there is hidden an ancient railroad blacksmith shop. Give me some encouragement and I'll try to share my photos of it illuminated by a late August afternoon sun some 20 years ago.
    Ed Weldon

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    Oh Thank You That would be "Vely Interesting" and Better than watching a Horror Sc-Fi Movie from lifetimes ago when I was a Kid.

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    so...when well we have to stop calling these black smith shops.. and just....the smithy shop...or...steel pounders....or...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marksbug View Post
    so...when well we have to stop calling these black smith shops.. and just....the smithy shop...or...steel pounders....or...
    or "the forgery"?

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    thats too much like a occupation that may land you in the pokie. or like uttering a forged instrument ,pisssttton.

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