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mike_nepa
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"What is this?" - ans. Meat Hook
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« on: May 5th, 2012, 10:28am »
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This was found near the D&H railroad bed in Forest City, PA. It may be mining related but I don't know. Anyone ?
 


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« Reply #1 on: May 5th, 2012, 9:19pm »
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Wha is the scale? That is - what size is it?

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« Reply #2 on: May 6th, 2012, 5:35pm »
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Looks like a bit of a "hook" on the end.  I'm going to assume that the squared top end is large enough to accommodate a laborer's hand (rather than, say, a single finger).  My wild guess is that this tool dates to the days of journal boxes.  It could serve to raise the lid on the box itself (which lid might be, at times, very hot), and then to reach in and scoop out the old (perhaps flaming?) "packing" from around the axle end.  Even without the heat factor, said packing would be pretty oily, so the tool could come in handy either way.
 
 
Just a guess . . .
 
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« Reply #3 on: May 6th, 2012, 8:55pm »
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on May 6th, 2012, 5:35pm, Norm_Anderson wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Looks like a bit of a "hook" on the end.  I'm going to assume that the squared top end is large enough to accommodate a laborer's hand (rather than, say, a single finger).  My wild guess is that this tool dates to the days of journal boxes.  It could serve to raise the lid on the box itself (which lid might be, at times, very hot), and then to reach in and scoop out the old (perhaps flaming?) "packing" from around the axle end.  Even without the heat factor, said packing would be pretty oily, so the tool could come in handy either way.
 
 
Just a guess . . .
 
Norm
Possible, here is a link:
 
http://armytransportation.tpub.com/TM-55-203/TM-55-2030034.htm  
 
I'm not so sure the hook end is the proper configuration though.
 
I'm like ClydeDET though; how big is it? Is it iron or steel?
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Overall length 28 inches
hook part is 4.5 inches
eye part is 5 and 7/8 inches and eye length is 8 inches  
 
it is one inch thick iron (but it is covered in rust right now)
 
attached is a side view of the object  
 
Mike
 
 
on May 5th, 2012, 9:19pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Wha is the scale? That is - what size is it?



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« Reply #5 on: Aug 4th, 2012, 4:45pm »
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Guess this one stumped everyone  

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 4th, 2012, 8:46pm »
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Well, just to keep things rolling, I'll offer another wild-eyed hunch . . .
 
Might this tool have been used to reach into the coal bin on the tender, to help coax reluctant nuggets down out of the upper corners and nearer to the fireman's scoop?  A slightly more far-fetched application might be a quick (gloved-handed!) poke in to the firebox to arrange the coals more evenly?
 
Or-- certain types of hand-thrown switches had a lever that lay flush against the ground, and had to be swung through a 180* vertical arc to move the points.  Perhaps this tool was to spare the switchman's back, allowing the initial upward "tug" on the lever to be done from a more upright position?
 
 
Pure speculation on all counts,
 
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 5th, 2012, 10:10am »
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I'll join in.
 
How about a primitive coupler?  Instead of link and pin, an eye on one end of the car, a hook on the other, and this the coupler to connect the cars?  
 
Just my WAG for the day!
 
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 17th, 2012, 9:38pm »
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Its a meat hook!!! I have 2 of these and these are cool pieces of rail history.
In boxcars there would be big steel rods that these hooks hang on. Lamb, sheep, or pig could have hung on this hook!  


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« Reply #9 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 8:51am »
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Interesting, If the D&H carried meat on the Penn Division then what you say could be right.  
Do you have  picture of yours to compare?
 
Mike
 
 
 
on Oct 17th, 2012, 9:38pm, DODX wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Its a meat hook!!! I have 2 of these and these are cool pieces of rail history.
In boxcars there would be big steel rods that these hooks hang on. Lamb, sheep, or pig could have hung on this hook!  



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« Reply #10 on: Dec 1st, 2012, 11:25am »
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Yeah I probaly do somewhere around here. I will have some in a few days.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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