The Ashton Valve company

Rick A Oct 22, 2019

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    Ashton marble or slate tablets.
    An attractive way to display multiple gages on the wall of a boiler room. One of these was on ebay a few years ago. It weighed almost 500 pounds, being a large slab of 1" thick slate, and you had to pick it up.
    Here's a description from the 1914 catalog. " These tablets, like those on the following pages, are some of the most attractive designs for gages, both as to neatness of appearance and economy of space. They can be furnished in any style of marble or slate desired, and the prices include the necessary acorn nuts and gage screws. Name plates and wall bolts are always extra."



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    A great story from an old Ashton Valve employee, Fred Casey, who worked the railroads before becoming an employee. F.A. Casey Hobo train story.jpg F.A. Casey.jpg F.A. Casey  4.jpg F.A. Casey (2).jpg F.A. Casey Hobo train story.jpg F.A. Casey.jpg F.A. Casey  4.jpg F.A. Casey (2).jpg
     
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    In 1892 Ashton Valve purchased the Boston Steam Gauge company and entered the gauge production market. Here's a bit of information about the gauges Boston Steam Gauge produced.
     

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    I just picked up an old invoice from 1888.
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    Interesting gauge and testing equipment article from the 1908 Handbook for the care and operation of Naval Machinery 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    1.jpg 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    2.jpg 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    3.jpg 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    4.jpg 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    5.jpg 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    6.jpg 1908 Handbook Naval Machinery    7.jpg
     
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    An interesting sales letter from 1897. It looks like a form letter with the address of the company being approached typed in at a later date R. Bowker 1897.jpg
     
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    Power and the Engineeer magazine 1909. A couple of mentions of "new" Ashton Valve items
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    And the second part. 20th century guide    6.jpg 20th century guide    7.jpg 20th century guide    8.jpg 20th century guide    9.jpg
     
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    Ashton gage catalog 1941    1A.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    1B.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    1D.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    2.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    3.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    4.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    5.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    6.jpg
     
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    And a few more from the 1941 Locomotive Gage catalog

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    Some day I would like to watch someone actually go through the process of rebuilding a "relief" (safety?) valve. Then testing and adjusting it. Would be rather interesting.
     
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    I'll bet someone on this board has done it before. I would like to see that too.
     
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    We'd maintain ours during week-long maintenance outages at the plants I worked at, with manufacturer's technicians doing the exacting work. These were used on huge multi-story vertical water tube boilers. Upon testing, you'd feel a heavy thump, followed by a deafening roar of escaping steam. With my office nearby, I was glad to know that the valves were properly adjusted! :eek:
     
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    I guess you would! Must be an incredible amount of power in those boilers.

    I recently picked up an old Ashton gage, unused and in it's original packaging. IMG_20200816_165946.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    11.jpg Ashton gage catalog 1941    27.jpg
     
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    I recently picked up this quadruplex RR gage. IMG_20200907_104836.jpg #28    89.jpg 1922 Proceedings of the Air Brake Association.jpg IMG_20190503_115103.jpg
     
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    "Proceedings of the Air Brake Assoc". I wonder if there is still any monitoring group such as this one? I am certain if so it was long ago folded into something else.
     
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