Ashton Valve company

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Ashton Valve company
Posted by Ashton on Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:55 PM

The Ashton Valve company was founded in 1871 by Henry G. Ashton after he invented a "lock up pop safety valve". The pop valve was a tremendous improvement over what was available at the time and proved to be an immediate success, helping to cut back on the huge amount of boiler explosions that were taking place at the time. I've been researching the company for the past 3 years and I have a good collection of historical stories and advertisements about the company and it's products. I hope you enjoy this bit of history and please contact me if you have any Ashton Valve stories to share.

 

file:///D:/Owner/Downloads/ASHTON%20VALVE%20PRESENTATIONS/Ashton%20Valve%20Railroad%20History.pdf

 

 

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Posted by Ashton on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:20 PM

Lets try the history again.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=338041&d=1561734973

 

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Posted by Ashton on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:23 PM

One more time! History shouldn't be so difficult, should it?

http://www.railroad.net/download/file.php?id=20001

 

 

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:23 PM

Note that over on RyPN he's linked to a LARGE number of interesting historical files, catalogs, and other stuff in the process of researching the Ashton company itself...

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Posted by Ashton on Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:30 PM

Thanks for that Overmod. I had the same idea in mind for here. I don't know how much overlap there is between all the different RR forums. I assumed different people posted on different forums, but I really don't know. People seem to be interested in the Ashton Valve story even though it's different than the usual subject matter found on Train forums.

I hope people find it interesting. 

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Posted by Ashton on Friday, October 18, 2019 4:14 PM

Niely done miningman! Thank you. 

I see you use archive.org as well as hathitrust.org. Do you have a favorite between the two?

 

Here's some information about the pop safety valve that put the company on the map. It's dated 1872. I have one dated circa 1874,

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187142

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187142

 

 

https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/2a/8b/81/b5be4dcdbd30eb/US123546.pdf

 

 

 

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Posted by Ashton on Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:10 PM

The company's first "home" was at 138 Pearls Street, Boston. In less than a year they were burned out by the Great Boston fire of 1872. The next few years they were at various locations in Boston. After another fire in 1879 they settled in at 271 Franklin Street, Boston where they remained for 27 years. 1907 saw the company outgrowing Franklin Street and building a much larger facility at 161 First Street, East Cambridge, where they were until 1948 when they moves to Wrentham ,Ma with the Crosby Valve Company. That was the final home of Ashton Valve.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=347001&d=1571532981

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=347002&d=1571532981

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=347003&d=1571532966

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=347004&d=1571532966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Ashton on Monday, October 21, 2019 12:55 PM

In 1892, the company purchased the Boston Steam Gauge Company and entered the gauge business. Today, the Ashton gauges are remembered more than the safety valves. They are often very expensive on ebay.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=342529&d=1567083532

 

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=342530&d=1567083532

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=342531&d=1567083532

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=342532&d=1567083532

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Posted by Ashton on Monday, October 21, 2019 12:59 PM

The Ashton Valve company and WWII

Many factories were purchased by the War Department during WWII and used to manufactures materials for the war effort. The Ashton Valve company was one of those. The continued to make gauges and safety valves, but now exclusively for Naval ships.

The Defense Plant Corporation was the branch of the government assigned to this task. Here's a link to more information about them and a couple of letters that show the Ashton Valve's involvement.

http://what-when-how.com/the-american-economy/defense-plant-corporation-dpc/

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=339727&d=1563896265

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=339728&d=1563896265

 

 

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Posted by Ashton on Monday, October 21, 2019 3:56 PM
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Posted by Ashton on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:28 PM

A couple of years ago someone gave me a stock certificate from 1877.

 

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=346733&d=1571270364

 

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Posted by Ashton on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:15 PM

Mike, Once again I'm in your debt. I didn't have the nice Buckelew bio you posted. Great information and I thank you. 

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Posted by Ashton on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:53 PM

Mark,

Here's the closest thing I have to a picture of Mr Buckelew. The American Marine Engineer journal, 1910. That journal used to have a page of caricatures regularly.

 

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=347393&d=1571874643

 

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Posted by Ashton on Monday, November 4, 2019 9:18 PM
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Posted by BigJim on Friday, November 15, 2019 6:09 AM

Did Ashton also make boiler check valves? In particular a top mount double check valve.

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Posted by Ashton on Friday, November 15, 2019 9:57 PM

I went through a 1920's catalog of their products and I don't see any type of check valve at all. Only lots of safety valves and a few water relief valves.

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