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Airey Belvoir
4th Jan 2014, 05:39
It's made of solid brass, fairly roughly cast, with copper staying rivets. There is evidence of hammer blows around the collar which fixes the two independent pieces.


The story that comes with it is that it is a line gauge measure but at 650mm it doesn't match any railway gauge that I know of - particularly in Western Australia.


I just know from past experience that somebody on here knows exactly what this tool is for!


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John Hill
4th Jan 2014, 05:44
It is a bit to join two wooden measuring staffs together. I guess the makers didnt want to just put a hinge in the middle like everyone else!

Airey Belvoir
4th Jan 2014, 05:57
Five minutes - that must be a record.


Thanks JH. I can see it as a measuring device with the wooden(?) pieces either rotted or burnt away but why the hammer marks around the collar which slips over the join and off again without any problems whatsoever?

John Hill
4th Jan 2014, 06:05
Maybe it was a bit floppy in use and a few smacks with a hammer was to tighten things up?

Loose rivets
4th Jan 2014, 06:26
Yep, tapered, and then the collar is pulled over the link.


Puts one in mind of the kit they first measured the pyramids with.


I've told the story of trying to pull the rod out of a 4" nodding donkey well. Couldn't, so I called the man. When I returned, there was a pile of rods the size of the cottage. 1,800 ft of them.

SpringHeeledJack
4th Jan 2014, 09:16
Whilst I know little about railway paraphernalia, my first thought was that they might be the connecting parts of the wooden/metal levers used in signalling boxes to change points and/or old style signals ?



SHJ