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  • Nevada Northern Railway Museum: Enginehouse & Shop

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Nevada Northern Ry Museum Engine House

The engine house is much bigger than shown here. Half the building contains the running and stored motive power. I present the work area and equipment in the peripheral rooms.
As I learn the purpose of the individual tools, I will publish them. Many of these photos have a description below them.. Those near the bottom, you can not read the text unless you click on the photos to enlarge them.
The information on what we see, much came to me from an Austrailian railroader, "Oz Pete" Garratt, to whom I am deeply grateful.
Anyone who can identify or elaborate on the tools and equipment, please go to the forum and share it. Thank you. Please visit my related features:
Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Nevada Northern Railway Steam Locomotives, and
Nevada Northern Railway ALCO RS-2 No.105
I can not emphasize strongly enough what a thrill this opportunity is for those who would like to experience hands-on locomotive handling! Nor can I more strongly impart that this property is an amazing time capsule of early Twentieth-Century railroading. The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is staffed by employees and volunteers who make you feel welcome and are enthusiastic for their positions. If you appreciate railroading, this should be on your itinerary.
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    Nevada Northern Railway Museum: Enginehouse & Shop, machinery, tools, equipment.
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  • Nevada Northern Railway Museum: Enginehouse & Shop, machinery, tools, e
    Nevada Northern Railway Museum: Enginehouse & Shop, machinery, tools, equipment
  • Nevada Northern Railway Museum: Enginehouse & Shop, machinery, tools, e
    Nevada Northern Railway Museum: Enginehouse & Shop, machinery, tools, equipment
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  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop: various machinery, tools and activities.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop: various machinery, tools and activities.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop: various machinery, tools and activities.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    This machine looks like a 'nibbler' to me....a very powerful, mechanised set of shears/'tin snips', that can nibble their way through quite thick steel plate, with one fixed shear, and one continuously vertically oscillating shear, working right up against the fixed one (both angled)...exactly like a set of shears, ot tin snips...but for BIG thicknesses...a boilermaker's tool
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Industrial boilers, one to power the facility, one to prep the locomotives
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    This is a 'radial arm drill'. The horizontal arm swings around the stout round (shiny) column, at back, and can be raised and lowered on the column, and locked, rotationally, and height-wise. Then, the carriage, on the horizontal arm (with 'Gilbert, Cincinatti' cast in it), can be wound along the arm (and locked) to position the drill shaft. The job to be drilled is bolted to the box casting, in front (with slots), or the table the box is mounted on, and the drill is rotated, and driven down by power (at say, 0.031"/revolution), constituing 'power drill feed'....this is for BIG drills.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    A wheel lathe, having two 'headstocks' (the 'lumps' holding up the axle), and two saddles, each holding a tool, and each machining its respective wheel at the same time. The handwheel from the RH (LH to the operator) is just visible poking out from behind/inside our LH wheel.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop: various machinery, tools and activities.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    In the foreground (LHS) is an 'engine lathe'...the usual machine shop "jack of all trades' lathe....very useful...apparently belt driven.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    This is a horizontal boring machine. The table (just visible on the RHS) slides along the ways (also just visible) and can be locked, or held stationary, job bolted to it. The spindle (horizontal shaft), holding the rotating cutting tool, is mounted in the horizontal green 'tubey' thing. This, in turn, can be raised or lowered up and down the shiny vertical round column, to the desired position, and locked in position, prior to boring the job.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop: various machinery, tools and activities.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    A set of siderods that look like they've just been bored, in the bronze bearings. The coupling rod nearest the camera (extreme bottom RHS) looks like it either has a live (loose) bush in the main (big) eye, or runs on an extension of the con-rod bush? Probably the former.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    The tall green fella (with the red switchboxes on it) looks like a vertical borer, while the wheel lathe is in the RH background. On this machine, there is a round table (on the RHS of it) which rotates, while the tall extension houses the spindle which holds the tool slide, slowly feeding the cutting tool down through, or outside, the job, as the table is driven in a rotating fashion. There appears to be a wheel clamped to it, in this photo, and the tool/spindle is located in a position to machine the wheel bore (for the axle). In the lower RH foreground, is a fair sized engine/journal lathe...I think, and we are looking at its tailstock (back) end. The headstock (faceplate/chuck end, with spindle and drive) is behind our view.
  • Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop
    Nevada Northern Railway Engine Shop: Looks like an axlebox that has just been re-metalled (new bearing metal poured into it), on the bench. In the background, right behind the bench, is an 'engine lathe'.
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I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...