Thursday, April 15, 2010

Boilermaker


Today's picture is of a boilermaker at the roundhouse of the Proviso railroad yard near Chicago. I had to look up the definition of a boilermaker . . . it is one who is a trained craftsman who produces steel fabrications from plates and sections. Thinking of a locomotive, it is made from large plates of steel riveted together. I wonder how many "boilermakers" are left out there. The picture was taken in 1942.

7 comments:

  1. Such a crisp and clear picture,like it was made in 2010.

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  2. I am a Boilermaker - The Purdue kind. But our symnbolic locomotive is as close as I ever get to trains.

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  3. Boilers heat buildings large and small. Boilers power steam turbines making electricity. Boilers abound.

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  4. The railroad variety still exist. Visit Chama, New Mexico. The Friends of Chama are a volunteer group that maintain and run steam engines and cars. Getting parts is getting harder and harder, so many of the parts need to be fabricated and a tour of the facility is just fascinating.

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  5. Boilermaker - a shot of whiskey with a beer chaser. I'm fond bourbon and beer, but on separate days! A modern "boiler maker" is a super precise robotic welding machine. Anyone who watches the TV show "How It's Made" show will see the modern version eventually.

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  6. Lots of boilermakers still out there working. Maybe not in railroads, but all your refineries and manufacturing plants will have them available.

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