Posted by greygoat on November 07, 2012 at 09:24:07 from (22.214.171.124):
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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