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Christmas, Steam Trains and Machine Tools

We all know that Christmas and steam trains go together (think Polar Express, for example). Historic steam trains, as you can imagine, require precise machining operations for restoration and maintenance. Here is a link to a newsletter about a place where Christmas, steam trains and machine tools all come together.

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This Niles quartering machine is one of the vintage pieces of manufacturing equipment that is operational in the Age of Steam Roundhouse. Photo by Tim Sposato, Age of Steam Roundhouse.

We all know that Christmas and steam trains go together (think Polar Express, for example). Historic steam trains, as you can imagine, require precise machining operations for restoration and maintenance. Here is a link to a newsletter about a place where Christmas, steam trains and machine tools all come together.

It’s the Age of Steam Roundhouse Report, Winter 2015-2016. The Age of Steam Roundhouse preserves and occasionally operates historic steam and diesel locomotives. A full-scale, realistic brick-and-timber roundhouse is the centerpiece of this endeavor. This latest report highlights current activities, and includes news of recent loco-restoration efforts, Christmas displays and reconditioning of certain vintage machine tools. These machines are essential to repairing, rebuilding and restoring railroad equipment. The list includes a Niles quartering machine, a Lucas horizontal boring mill and a Putnam 80-inch wheel lathe. These machine tools look like they are brand-new and will be fully functional for their intended purpose.