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Cuba City in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Tools of the Railroad

 
 
Tools of the Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 7, 2017
1. Tools of the Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
Nos. 1-2-3 & 7 Rail Alignment Tools Used to move rails side to side for proper alignment prior to being spiked down.
No. 4 Crow Bar Used to pull spikes.
No. 5 Spike Driver Used to drive spike into the rail ties.
No. 6 Railroad Pick Used to remove gravel when replacing ties and other grubbing jobs.
No. 8 Aligning Tool Used to align junction switches.
No. 9 Welding Tool Used to hold things that must be welded.
No. 10 Tie Tong Used for lifting ties (attached to hoist).
No. 11 Date Nail Hammer Used to put date tags on poles or ties.
No. 12 Spike Puller Used to pull spikes when No. 4 will not fit.
No. 13 Rail Carrier Used to carry rails (2 men per tool).
No. 14 Tie Tong Used to carry ties (manually operated).
No. 15 Switch Bolt Used instead of spikes in switching areas.
No. 16 Rails Spikes Used to attach rails to ties.
Tool on Outside of Box Rail Lifter Used to raise rails so ties could be replaced.
On
Marker detail: Tool exhibit image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Tool exhibit
the other side
Extra wood rail tie (to replace old ties).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 42° 36.315′ N, 90° 25.873′ W. Marker is in Cuba City, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street (State Road 80) south of West Webster Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker and tool trailer are located in the Cuba City Presidential Courtyard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 South Main Street, Cuba City WI 53807, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Semaphore Signal (Traffic Signal) (here, next to this marker); The Speeder Car w/Tools (here, next to this marker); The Milk Trains (here, next to this marker); Baggage / Milk Cart (here, next to this marker); The Chimes of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Presidents — Presidential Shields (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whistle Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cuba City.
 
Tools of the Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 7, 2017
3. Tools of the Railroad Marker
Railroad Tool Trailer image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 7, 2017
4. Railroad Tool Trailer
(marker in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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