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Toledo 1000-ton Press

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Toledo 1000-ton Press Marker
Inscription. This press was used to finish iron and steel parts, such as the pieces of rail-connecting plate (known as fishplate) you see displayed here. It straightened hundreds of thousands of tons of metal in its lifetime. The machine weighs about 40 tons. The “1000 ton” designation refers to the amount of force it can generate. The machine was purchased in the 1920’s and was moved to Cleveland when the Tredegar Company’s equipment was purchased by Cleveland Track material in 1986.

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To make a fishplate, the iron or steel is rolled into shape at the Tredegar rolling mills.
Second, the shaped iron or steel is reheated and cut into the proper length with a bar shear.
Third, bolt holes are punched with a punch press.
Finally, the fishplate is straightened by the press you see here.
 
Location. 37° 32.127′ N, 77° 26.737′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Touch for map. This marker is located outside the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cupola Furnace and Foundry (a few steps
Toledo 1000-ton Press image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
2. Toledo 1000-ton Press
from this marker); Civil War Visitor Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Adapting Power (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Industrial Patterns (within shouting distance of this marker); Raceways (within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar Iron Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Turbine (within shouting distance of this marker); Enterprise and Iron (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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Toledo 1000-ton Press image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
3. Toledo 1000-ton Press
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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