Re: Peacock hand brake... (UNCLASSIFIED)

Steve Lucas <stevelucas3@...>

I'm referrring to the handbrake with the long "perforated pump brake handle". This handbrake was also fitted to the blind end of some passenger cars built post-WWII.

Steve Lucas.

--- In STMFC@..., "Gatwood, Elden SAW" <elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

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Are you guys talking about the freight car brake with (circular) handbrake
wheel, or the lever brake with the triangular perforated pump brake handle?

Elden Gatwood

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Peacock hand brake...

I'm thinking that the Peacock ratchet handbrake looked somewhat like a
peacock? A small body holding the gearing, and an about two-foot long brake
lever attached to it. This brake is worked by ratcheting the lever

I recall that this handbrake was standard on many GM GP-series locomotives.

Steve Lucas.

--- In STMFC@... <> , "Gene"
<bierglaeser@> wrote:

The name Peacock came to the National Brake Co. (now Ellcan-National) with
the Champion brake. I have never been able to find the origin of the use of
Peacock in connection with hand brakes. I thought it might have been an
inventor's name but that doesn't seem to be the case. Does anyone out there
in cyberspace know the answer?

BTW, National put the Champion-Peacock 1148 (trade name Micro-Matic) into a
different housing so this particular hand brake - in terms of appearance - is
pretty much to the period 1937 to 1953.

Gene Green

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