Re: Another HD flat

Daniel A. Mitchell

Sorry!  It’s probably true that many of the USERS of such large machines were also in the industrial east, but not ALL. Some HAD to go “out in interchange” … or be transferred from one car to another (unlikely). There were only a few places in the country where such things could be made, and they had to be shipped to wherever they were needed.

The huge items needed for the Manhattan Project (“Jumbo"), and the Palomar 200” telescope mirror being good examples of huge items being moved most of the way across the country. Not to mention the big battleship guns … these things moved back and forth across the country before, and during WWII; and for some time after. These things had short service lives and had to be relined. Most all the big 16”-gunned battleships were in the Pacific, and the only yard that could reline their guns was on the east coast. Such movements from Washington State and California to the east and back were common.

Dan Mitchell

On Aug 2, 2019, at 12:43 PM, Gatwood, Elden J SAD <elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

I have seen others like this, that were for creating things like large mill rolls, flywheels, and such.  They didn't use regular molds for these ingots, but made up special breakable molds, once poured a cooled, were broken to release the ingot.

These did not go out in interchange; I never saw one on somebody else's rails.

Elden Gatwood

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From: [] On Behalf Of David Soderblom
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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Another HD flat

It says it’s an ingot, but it looks rough, like concrete.  And why the asymmetric shape?

David Soderblom
Baltimore MD USA

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