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Bent Stirrups? Twisted Grab Irons? Safety First!

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Bent Stirrups? Twisted Grab Irons? Safety First!
Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, August 03, 2017 8:14 PM

If ever there was a need for AAR Safety Appliances it would be here:

 

http://www.shorpy.com/node/22358?size=_original#caption

 

Miss one of those bent grab irons and there's a four-hundred foot drop in your future... Ouch!

Not much left of that cut-lever, either!

Great photo, though.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by DSchmitt on Thursday, August 03, 2017 8:17 PM

Expediency. Don't you know there is a war on.

I tried to sell my two cents worth, but no one would give me a plug nickel for it.

I don't have a leg to stand on.

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, August 03, 2017 8:29 PM

DSchmitt

Expediency. Don't you know there is a war on.

 

Can't win the war if all the workers are missing limbs or in the bottom of a copper pit!

There's lots of other great Andreas Feininger photos at Shorpy of this mine. Fascinating stuff!

Ed

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Posted by NDG on Friday, August 04, 2017 2:05 AM

Is that Shorpy photo reversed??

Knuckle Hinge and operating lever appear to be on wrong side of car in photo, or is it the Meds?

Yes, the ironmongery is in very poor shape.

I spent a summer loading, and dumping air dumps for betterment  for CWR to follow, and they were trashed when loading rip rap and dragging thru quarries with rocks foul of stirrups. Most class of 1929.

Several ways to lose fingers if not careful.

Piston travel on air brakes was excessive and very poor brakes. Wheels and shoes on some cars cold after a mile or two of full set brake. Company cars NEVER received maintenance re cost.

Some cars dumped only one way. Others not at all, others dumped of their own volition out on the main at track speed as cars left charging on the road account leakage.

Some would not come back down after dumping.

The old Engineers said the air side of a Westinghouse pump on steam would SMOKE when charging air dumps in cold weather.

 

Thank You.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, August 04, 2017 4:10 AM

NDG
Is that Shorpy photo reversed??

Good eye, NDG— I'm guessing it is. I tried to enlarge the lettering on the truck and on the rail but there wasn't enough resolution to make out any specific letters.

The brakeman's coveralls give it away, along with the coupler, though.

The angle cock handle swings in instead of out. Another potential knuckle-buster! Although that air-line is probably for the dumping cylinders.

Thanks, Ed

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