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Picture of Douglas Addy
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Thought I would give you folks a interesting item
from the days of steam locomotives. I do know the answer and will supply at end. Many railroaders carried this item. What was its use?

Doug

 
Posts: 138 | Location: Magdalena, New Mexico USA | Registered: April 01, 2006
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Picture of Larry Buchan
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It looks to me like a torch locomotive engineers used to inspect their engines at night. I have several of these that use kerosene and have a wick.
 
Posts: 3370 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Picture of Douglas Addy
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Larry

Actually this is much smaller than that. This item was used to remove cinders from the eye.. It seems to me to be a dangerous practice but was carried by a lot of engineers and firemen at least on the Erie railroad.

Doug
 
Posts: 138 | Location: Magdalena, New Mexico USA | Registered: April 01, 2006
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Picture of Mark Cross
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A lot of blacksmith's used to keep these in their pockets as well.

Regards! Mark
 
Posts: 3733 | Location: Estill Springs, Tennessee, USA | Registered: December 02, 2002
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Picture of Larry Buchan
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Isn't that interesting, a lot of the old-timers I work with from the steam era, said they used to use a loop of horsehair they kept in their wallets.

Larry Buchan
 
Posts: 3370 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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