Trenton in Pictou County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
Trenton Works Axle Hammer
"The Heartbeat of Pictou County"
A motto that was often used for decades "As Trenton Works goes, so goes Pictou County". —L.A. (Sandy) Stephenson - Former Trenton Works Public Relations Manager
The hammer was one of three steam and air pressure driven machines that pounded hot steel billets into train axles for the Canadian market and beyond. The manipulator was brought to Trenton Works in 1947 to replace the hand method, where axles were turned by a sharp eye and skilled muscle from a crew of up to eighteen men.
When axle shop improvements were made, an average output for hammer based on size of billet was 65 per eight hour shift. For many decades the steady thump of the hammer could be heard throughout Trenton and the surrounding areas day and night.
—Jack Jardine, Fred Jordon, Bill MacEachem and Ernie MacInnis - Interview
Production Process of Manufacturing Steel Railcar Axles at Trenton Works
Furnace Heats Billet 2300 F, Slides Into Carrier
Carrier Delivers Heated Billet to Manipulator Jaws
Hammer Pounds Out Shape of Axle
Axle Measured For Length
Axle Straightened With Hydraulic Press Then Slow Cooled
Axle Heat Treated, Cooled and Normalized
Axle Machined At Finishing Shop
The hammer and anvil are on loan from the Museum of Industry, part of the Nova Scotia Museum.
Preservation of this hammer and anvil is in part to the support of the Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia Society.
This Plaza Honours the Industrial Heritage That Trenton Has Been Built Upon
Mayor, Council and Economic Development Committee — Town of Trenton
Historical Research & Graphic Layout — Ashton Creative Design, Bridgeville, Pictou County
Erected 2019 by Town of Trenton - Mayor, Council and Economic Development Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 45° 36.554′ N, 62° 38.398′ W. Marker is in Trenton, Nova Scotia, in Pictou County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Nova Scotia Route Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NS B0K 1X0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Honouring the First Successful Commercial Pouring of Steel in Canada - 1883 (here, next to this marker); The First Steel Made in Canada (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); First Pouring of Steel in Canada (about 150 meters away); The Beginning of New Glasgow (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Normandy Branch 34 (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Johnny Miles (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Carmichael Park (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Bell's Corner (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Trenton Industrial Heritage
Also see . . . Trenton Works (Wikipedia). This collection of factories on the bank of the East River of Pictou has witnessed a large variety of industrial operations, ranging from steel making, rolling mills, forging, shipbuilding, munitions manufacturing, rivets and bolts, and most recently (and longest lasting) rail cars. Early in the 20th century, the railway boom in Canada was (Submitted on May 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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