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Alligator Wrench

Alligator Wrench

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This "alligator" wrench (so-called because of its shape, like an "alligator's mouth") was used to turn iron and steel pipes and rods which could not be turned with a regular wrench. A pipefitter often used such a tool in fitting or removing air- and water-piping from a locomotive.
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").
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early part of the 20th cen.
overall: 24 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 60.96 cm x 13.97 cm x 3.81 cm
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
America on The Move
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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