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Tool Talk Discussion Board

Re: What is it?

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Posted by greygoat on November 07, 2012 at 09:24:07 from (

In Reply to: What is it? posted by Tony in SD on November 07, 2012 at 01:37:52:

You're all wrong...It's a PACKING TOOL for use
on old railroad cars that had friction bearings.
The old, non roller bearing cars, had Journal
BOX's, (thus the term HOT BOX, when they overheated, and caught on fire)That had a thick pad of packing material, that looked like
toweling, or felt. The box held about a gallon of
"Journal Box Oil". The pad rubbed the bottom of
the axle to lubricate it as it rolled. On top of
the axle sat the Journal bearing, about 6 x 11
or 7 x 12 with about a 1 inch thick babbit
section that sat on the axle, and had about a
2 inch thick brass top section. The weight of the
car sat on the journal box, which sat on the
journal bearing, which sat on the axle. Journal
box's had to be inspected every 500 miles by
"Carmen", and re oiled as needed. The tool has
a spur on it that pulled open the journal box
door, for inspection, the "spoon" part, on the
end was for adjusting-removing-replaceing the
packing. A car mans job, in the pre roller
bearing days was very dangerous, and many got
killed, or legs cut off, while oiling cars in
railroad yards , by moving cars!
I've oiled thousands of cars !


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