Friday, February 15, 2008

Automatic Track Laying Equipment

From: Wendell Huffman

The earliest spike driving machine I find in a quick search at Google patents is that of John W. Close. Patent filed July 1881, issued February 1890, with number 421908. It was steam powered. I am unaware of machines actually produced or used. But, someone was actually thinking about it.


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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


W M Camp's classic Notes on Track, of which I have just consulted the 1908 edition, has several references to powered track machinery, including a steam spiker (p.186/7).

—Andrew Dow

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2/15/2008 11:18 AM  

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