Re: Brakeman riding car

Bruce Smith

On Tue, December 23, 2008 10:57 pm, Richard Brennan wrote:
At 08:20 PM 12/23/2008, Anthony Thompson wrote:
Don Worthy wrote:
The guy in the chair is lubing journals. He uses a squirt gun and
shoots oil in the journal box as it goes by. I saw them doing this in
a short film clip.
I'd sure like to see that clip. How does he open the journal box
lids on moving cars?

Here is the guy close-up... no oil can...
Just a BIG handle to throw the switch.
Exactly. Both the opening of journal boxes and oiling were usually done
on the hump, not down in the sorting part of the bowl. If you look back
at the original photo, the guy in the chair can't get the journals on
about 2/3 of the cars going by... and what about the other side of the

The operation of oiling journals on the hump was fairly straightforward.
One carman on each would open the journal lid with a metal hook, about 3'
long while walking with the car. A stationary carman would squirt each
journal with oil as it went by - another good reason for lots of oil on
the sideframes! In some cases, an inspector would also be stationed in a
pit between the tracks to inspect the running rigging of the cars.


Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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