Friday, December 04, 2009

Weight of sledge hammer

I'm writing a curriculum on the Chinese building the railroad. I need a small detail: How much did a sledge hammer weigh? If no one can answer that question, can you direct me to someone who can? Thank you.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"26. Hand drilling involved placing a steel bar (the drill) with its sharp, hard point against stone, and striking the other end with a hammer, while turning the drill in the hole between blows to produce a round hole. In overhead work and in confined spaces, "single hand" drilling was employed using a 2-1/2 to 6 pound hammer and holding the drill with one hand and striking with the other. Some miners in Europe were reported using 9-pound hammers for full eight-hour shifts, but that was considered unusual."

From The Railroad Photographs of Alfred A. Hart, Artist by Mead B. Kibbey

12/04/2009 12:33 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


Sledge hammer, or spike maul for drive spikes? They're two different beasts.

—John Snyder, White Ensign Models

12/05/2009 1:13 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

The Nevada State Railroad Museum has a CPRR sledge hammer head weighing 14 pounds, and a spike maul head weighing 7 pounds.


12/13/2009 3:06 PM  

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