The Steam Crew works on our operating steam locomotive and they sometimes find this or that part fractured or completely broken.
That is how the fractured, and soon broken, handrail stanchion was found. A distress call was received in the machine shop soon after.
The original stanchion was cast steel and a relatively easy task to complete at Baldwin Locomotive works, in 1922! We were faced with machining a replacement from bar stock; not an easy task.
A blank was machined using our 16 inch Axelson lathe. The transverse hole for the handrail was drilled and bored in our vertical mill without much fuss.
The stanchion was finished in the lathe using the taper attachment, form tools, and a bull nosed tool guided by “eye-ball tracing” as needed to match the broken stanchion.
The Old Machinist