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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.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
1. Simplex Type Automatic Coupler Marker
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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 42° 13.723′ N, 88° 31.63′ W. Marker is near Union, Illinois, in McHenry County. Marker is near Barn 3, on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Olson Road, Union IL 60180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Brakes / Westinghouse Automatic Air Brakes (here, next to this marker); Couplers (here, next to this marker);
Simplex Type Automatic Coupler and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
2. Simplex Type Automatic Coupler and Marker
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Railroad Standard Time (a few steps from this marker); Railroad Rails (a few steps from this marker); Chicago Railways Company Date Stone (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union.
 
Also see . . .
1. Miller Coupler. Railroad and Engineering Journal, Volume 62 entry (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. The Miller Hook (coupler). Builders of Wooden Railway Cars entry (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Railway Coupling. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 25, 2022