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Crowfoot Wrench

Crowfoot Wrench

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Description
Called a "crowfoot" wrench because of its shape, this wrench was used in steam train repair work and to reach and to hold nuts and boltheads in difficult-to-reach places.
This tool is part of a collection of hand tools used in the inspection and repair of steam locomotives in 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").
Object Name
Wrench
Crow Foot Wrench
Date made
1940s
used date
1880s-Present
maker
unknown
Measurements
overall: 28 1/2 in x 3 in x 3 in; 72.39 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
2002.0075.13
catalog number
2002.0075.13
accession number
2002.0075
Credit Line
Gift of National Park Service
subject
Railroads
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Work
America on the Move
Transportation
Exhibition
America on The Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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