Re: Photo: Stenciling Freshly Painted NKP Box Car 27676


Dennis Storzek
 

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Why does everybody keep making this about the coupler? It's an END STRAIGHTENER. The rod back to the knuckle pin is the anchor. When the guy with the welder's goggles at the left in the picture raises the jack, the handle of which he is resting his hand on, the rig pulls against the coupler, while the two legs above push on the end. The guys with the sledges are there to help it along, really there to make a racket so the foreman knows they are working and stays in his office. The light block and tackle hung on the running board bracket is only there to help position the push legs, using the chain draped over the legs.

Dennis Storzek

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