Re: What was a wheel stick used for?

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--- In STMFC@..., Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:

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
Most likely used in the shop or on the RIP track to turn a wheel set 90* to move it from the repair track to the storage track or back. With the two wheels on the common axle, it's easy enough to roll on a flat surface, but too heavy to make one side slip to go around a corner. The wheel stick allowed one wheel to be raised and levered around independent of the other.

I looked at some of the other "oddities" on the web site... all I can say is whoever put them up has led a sheltered life.


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