Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice

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Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1881 - Railroad cars
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Definitions and typical illustrations of railroads and industrial cars, their parts and equipment; cars built in America for export to foreign countries; descriptions and illustrations of shops and equipment employed in the construction and repair of cars.

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This copy of the 1881 Car Builders' Cyclopedia was poorly scanned. Lots of partial pages, upturned pages, out of focus pages. Fortunately the 1879 Car Builders' Cylcopedia is a well done scanned image. The 1879 is nearly identical to the 1881 edition.

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Page 128 - A cylinder surrounded by a spiral ridge or groove, every part of which forms an equal angle with the axis of the cylinder, so that if developed on a plane surface it would be an inclined plane. It is considered as one of the mechanical powers."— Knight.
Page 102 - Nail. — A small pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, to be driven into a board or other piece of timber, and serving to fasten it to another timber, or left projecting; as, from a wall, to hang anything upon.
Page 133 - Divide the pitch, or, which is the same thing, the side of the thread into eight equal parts, take off one part from the top and fill in one part in the bottom of the thread, then the flat top and bottom will equal one-eighth of the pitch; the wearing surface will be three-quarters of the pitch, and the diameter of screw at bottom of the thread will be expressed by the formula: 1,299 Diameter, Number of threads per inch The tables on the preceding pages are reprinted from Mr. Sellers' essay; they...
Page 35 - Chafing Iron Pocket. A casting forming a flange or recess, in which a chafing plate moves. Chain. "A series of links or rings connected, or fitted into one another, usually made of some kind of metal.
Page 37 - A frame with two tightening screws, by which two portions of an article are tightly compressed together, either while being formed or while their glue joint is drying.
Page 107 - A pivoted bar adapted to fall into the notches or teeth of a wheel as it rotates in one direction, and to restrain it from back-motion. Used in windlasses, capstans, and similar machinery.
Page 145 - Л latch for a door, the bolt of which is thrown into contact with a catch by a spring and is disengaged by a knob or handle. Such latches are not arranged so as to be fastened with a key. See fig.
Page 149 - ... connected together by a rod so that the brakes can be applied from either end of the car, and the pressure is equalized on all the wheels. See fig. 643. Stile. An upright piece on the outer edge of framing or paneling, as of a door or sash. See Door-stile. Window-blind Stile.
Page 47 - CYb leaves it in a curly and elastic state, suited for stuffing: cushions, etc. Curtain. A cloth hanging in front of or around any space or object, as a window or sleeping-car berth, and which may be contracted or spread at will.
Page 138 - ... they support each other plus whatever weight is put upon the whole. Covered bridge trusses, including arch-trusses, employ a triangle or a series of combined triangles. Truss can designate just one side of a bridge, generally is used as meaning the combined sides. TURNBUCKLE-A metal loop fashioned with a screw at one end and a swivel at the other, used in some covered bridge trusses to tighten iron rods and thus overcome sagging. WEB- A truss design (such as Town lattice) in which timbers crisscross...

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