Re: Klasing 1150 hand brake

Gene <bierglaeser@...>

Oops! My poor wording created a false impression.

The Klasing 1150 was a vertical wheel hand brake; that is the hand wheel rotated on a vertical plane. Only the Ajax hand brake mentioned in my post was a lever hand brake. There only similarity was the enclosed gear.

Gene Green

--- In STMFC@..., water.kresse@... wrote:

Thanks again.

So when was the Klasing 1150 lever hand brake introduced?  I would presume the gear version on the fixed vertical shaft hopper model was different than the one that folded over on flat cars?

Do you have an advertisement drawing or photo of it on a simple clean background showing it stowed and open to crank away?

I presume

Ole Al up in Romeo, Michigan

PS:  . . . . and my wife thinks I have "heavy stuff"!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <bierglaeser@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 10:21:53 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Klasing 1150 hand brake

The Klasing 1150 seen in the photo of the Moloco Klasing hand brakes had an enclosed gear and pinion.  It was intended mainly for gondolas and hoppers in an effort to keep the "workin's" of the hand brake clean.  Even though there was a weep hole in the bottom, the space around the gear would fill with water.  In freezing temperatures the brake wouldn't work.

Ajax developed a lever hand brake - 14711 - for flat cars with a similarly enclosed gear.  It suffered from the same problem as the Klasing 1150 and didn't last long either - 1964 to 1968.

I have an 1150 in my collection.  I have only seen one Ajax 14711.  That was on a flat car on Fort Bliss where I had unfettered access and could thoroughly measure and photograph it.

Gene Green

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