A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

Postby voyttek » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:05 pm

In the late 1800, as there was no motor driven machines invented yet (or source of energy in the field) the railway workers had to manually drill holes in the vertical part of the rail in order to bolt the rail ends together. To help ease this job a bit, a rail drilling machine that used men as the “motor” were developed.

This is an original drill, that had been used to drill holes at the ends of the rail sections to bolt 2 heavy steel plates (fishplates or joint bars), to the rails.

It had been operated by two workers, one on each side turning a hand crank, turning a horizontal shaft at the bottom of the machine, where a large drill bit cut a hole in the rail. As the drill shaft turned, the machine’s mechanism moved the drill through the rail.

$ 750.00 or Best Offer. Very heavy, shipping not included, but can deliver to Vancouver, BC, during the Shaw (March 17th),
or as per other arrangements.

Also for sale few hand rail building tools as in the pictures ($50.00 each)
Please contact via private mail,
Thank you, Voyttek
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Re: A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

Postby WillYart » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:27 am

That's quite a special item (the drill)
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Re: A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

Postby voyttek » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:28 pm

I think it is. I have never seen one before.
I restored it back to working condition and it seems to be working very well.
It does have an original drill bit, so I am very tempted to see if we could put it through ???
The rail I mean.
Any volunteers ???
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Re: A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

Postby areibel » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:59 pm

I'll pass! LOL!
I just donated a hand operated bonding drill to a museum. I work part time as a signal maintainer on a railroad, and got it for a conversation piece. It drills a 3/8 inch hole through the web so you can use a "chicken head" pin to attach bond wires to, I tried it once- that was enough!
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Re: A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:17 pm

I would try it :)


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Re: A hand powered rail drill (late 1800's) for sale

Postby TinGoat » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:14 am

When you have something like that you can throw away your gym membership card.
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