View Full Version : Steam Town Pics part 2

03-28-2004, 12:11 AM
I took over 125 pictures, Here is just a small selection of their tools, they have many more lathes and mills, and super heavy duty metal fabrication tools.

Forrest Addy
03-28-2004, 01:59 AM
I ran that 28" Axelson's brother off and on for 25 years.

03-28-2004, 02:43 AM
BillH, Thanks for posting the photos.

Ian B
03-28-2004, 03:19 AM
On the last photo, what's the shaft with the left & right fast helix on the back of the bed for? Some kind of rapid for the saddle? Never seen one of those before...


03-28-2004, 11:23 AM
Ian, I was hoping some one would comment on that. Maybe its for those figure 8 oil grooves they put in bushings? I dont know.

John Stevenson
03-28-2004, 11:32 AM
I'm also interested.
Maybe this will help, it's Bills pics enhanced.

Hope you don't mind Bill ?



John S.

03-28-2004, 11:36 AM
Just one question....where is Steamtown? Ohio? Pennsylvania? Looks like a place I need to go visit.

03-28-2004, 11:42 AM
I dont mind at all John.
Steam town is in Scranton Pennsylvannia.
I highly recomend it to anyone who loves this stuff.
It is a National Park, and the only National park in the country that caters to Steam locomotives, and the restoration of them. They even have a Big Boy out front.

03-28-2004, 12:27 PM
Rapid traverse would be my guess,but why not a motor on the carrage?I love the tailstock back-up,lets see that witch slip! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Bill,didn't see any help wanted signs did you?

03-28-2004, 02:42 PM
They have a volunteer program, I didn't post the pics, but there was a small Bridgeport and clausing lathe there that belongs to a volunteer for working on the locomotives. These things are truly labors of love.

03-28-2004, 03:49 PM
Your right, that is the rapid traverse screw, in our shop we have a Lehmann Hytrol lathe 36" swing by 34' centres. The screw is driven by an independant motor through a gear box. On the back side of the saddle are two hydraulic nuts,(1 forward, 1 reverse) that grab the screw to move the carrage left or right, the nuts are closed by a lever just behind the carrage wheel. This set up allows the carrage to be operated with the main lathe motor off.

Also in your picture, in between the bed ways you can see the tail stock lock notches. This is to prevent the tail stock from moving backwards. On the underneath face of the tail stock is a stop dog that engages in the saw tooth notches of the bed. You bring the tail stock up to where you need it , drop the stop dog then back up the tail stock until it stops then tighten the 4 locking bolts.