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Near Union in McHenry County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Simplex Type Automatic Coupler

 
 
Simplex Type Automatic Coupler Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
1. Simplex Type Automatic Coupler Marker
Inscription.

This type of coupler is an improved version of the first automatic coupler. It was designed shortly after the Civil War but not used extensively until after 1890.

It continued in heavy useage until the World War II era. Variations of this coupler were used on both passenger and freight cars.

NOTE: The first automatic coupler, the Miller Type, was invented, put into service and used in 1863. Another was the Janney or M.C.B. Type invented and patented by Eli H. Janney 1866 and 1873.
 
Erected by Illinois Railway Museum.
 
Location. 42° 13.723′ N, 88° 31.63′ W. Marker is near Union, Illinois, in McHenry County. Click for map. Marker is near Barn 3, on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Olson Road, Union IL 60180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Couplers (here, next to this marker); Railroad Brakes / Westinghouse Automatic Air Brakes (here, next to this marker); Railroad Standard Time (a few steps from this marker); Railroad Rails (a few steps from this marker); Chicago Railways Company Date Stone
Simplex Type Automatic Coupler and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
2. Simplex Type Automatic Coupler and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana Harbor Belt 1181 (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Railroad Signals (within shouting distance of this marker); 1851 Marengo Station (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Union.
 
Also see . . .
1. Miller Coupler in the Railroad and Engineering Journal, vol 62. (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Miller Hook (coupler). (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Railway Coupling. (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. A History of Coupling in the U.S. Supreme Court Case N&W vs Hiles (No. 95-6). (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 709 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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