Tuesday, June 06, 2006

56 lb rail - branded "A B"

From: "Chris Graves" caliron@att.net

A few days ago a piece of 56 lb. pear rail was found near the old CPRR grade in Eastern Nevada, this rail branded A. B. It is wrought iron, but NOT DATED.

Does anyone have any idea as to the rolling mill that branded rail A. B. ?

—G J Chris Graves


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Chris Graves reports that he has learned that this is original CPRR rail used in the vicinity of Wells Nevada:

AB ATKINS Brothers, dba Pottsville Rolling Mill, Potsville, PA (operated under this name only from 1865-1874)

6/08/2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

HISTORY OF SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., 36 Vesey Street, 1881. Press of George Macnamara, 36 Vesey Street, N.Y.:

"The borough of Pottsville, as it now is, is the aggregation of several communities, some of which still retain their local names. The north ward (Fishback) and the seventh ward (Jalapa) are examples. ... The Pottsville rolling mills are located here. These mills were built in 1853, by John Burnish & Co., and came into possession of Atkins Bros. in 1865. The producing capacity is 35,000 tons of rolled iron per annum. Car rails, beams, channels and angles, used in architectural and bridge work, are principally manufactured. The business employs 750 men."

6/08/2006 1:40 PM  

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