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Spanner

Spanner

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Description
This homemade spanner was used in steam locomotive repair work to tighten/remove very large, critical bolts. The wrench would need to be used with a very long 'extender' on the handle to gain the necessary leverage. The spanner was used on bolt heads and nuts that hold the front-end (or the "smokebox" portion) of a steam locomotive boiler onto the cast-steel "saddle" that is the foundation of a steam locomotive's cylinder-and-mainframe assembly. The strength and tightness of these "saddle bolts" that join boiler and saddle are crucial to keeping the locomotive from literally shaking itself apart when underway down the track. This crude spanner was likely home-made in a roundhouse far from a full repair shop.
Object Name
Spanner
Date made
ca 1950s
used date
1900-1960
maker
unknown
Associated Place
United States: Vermont
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 in x 8 1/2 in; 48.26 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
2002.0075.14
catalog number
2002.0075.14
accession number
2002.0075
Credit Line
Gift of National Park Service
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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