Re: What was a wheel stick used for?

Bruce Smith

Fred, folks,

No, as Don posted to the web site he cited, there is a patent. The patent makes it clear that this is a device used to lift one end of an axle with attached wheels. Its basically a big lever with a notch for the axle.

Bruce Smith

On Dec 14, 2011, at 8:40 AM, Frederick Freitas wrote:


Is this not the stick that was used by the brakeman to tighten down the brake wheel ?

Fred Freitas

From: Don Strack <donstrack@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:30 AM
Subject: [STMFC] What was a wheel stick used for?

Mel Johnson's blog about scanned Union Pacific drawings poses this
question. What was a wheel stick used for?

The drawing in question (from 1924) shows a stand used to hold a wheel
stick, and shows a wheel stick sitting in the stand.

I have seen a jacking bar used to spot rail cars, that is placed at
the jucture between the car wheel and the rail head, and the car was
moved with a downward prying action. But I don't think that this was
what a wheel stick was used for.

I looked in several Car Builder dictionaries and cyclopedias, but
nothing is listed. I have several railroad-related books from Google
Books (downloaded before they changed their policy), and they don't
show such a device.


Don Strack


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