Back-Out Punch

Description
Punches like this were used with a hammer to pound out bolts or rivets whose heads had been cut off.
This tool is part of a collection of hand tools used in the inspection and repair of steam locomotives in Salisbury, North Carolina from the early- to the mid-20th century, roughly 1900-1955. Light repairs on steam locomotives were usually done in roundhouses at the many small locomotive terminals throughout a railroad's system; heavy repairs were done in a large, centralized repair shop serving the whole system (often referred to as the "Back Shop").
Date made
1900 to 1950
maker
unknown
Measurements
overall: 575 3/4 in x 12 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 1462.405 cm x 32.385 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
2002.0075.06
accession number
2002.0075
catalog number
2002.0075.06
subject
Railroads
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Work
America on the Move
Transportation
Exhibition
AOTM
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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