Drake Street Roundhouse
7042 and 7117 sitting on the north service track just
outside my office/enginemans
7118 was the last MLW S4. It was purchased in 1953. A decent running unit as I recall.
MLW S4's 7109 & 7114 on number 7& 8 pits in the
roundhouse. You can see the punch clock in the background to the left.
These things were huge! 12-3/4 Bore, and the stroke
Injector test stand we had setup on the bench in the Diesel
Shop portion of the roundhouse.
Press we had in the machine shop portion of the roundhouse. It used air to pump water from a reservoir into the press cylinder. You can see the pump on the right side under the red jib hoist there. Primitive, but very effective.
A row of various machines on the East wall of the Machine Shop. The press in the last photo was on the left out of view.
The punch clock. As you can see, I only had five guys
working that afternoon. A common practice back then was for a designated
guy to punch the cards of all the guys during lunch breaks and on the
way out at the end of the shift.
The tool room. As you can see, its stocked with the most up-to-date equipment There was a lot of stuff in there, but never anything that you needed it seemed. In earlier days it was tended to by an attendant, but at this time the job was long gone. Along with any sense of organization there.
This shows how primitive we operated. The pic is taken just
outside the locker/lunch room area in the machine shop area of the roundhouse.
Here you can see our first class washing machine. Better yet is the trough
we used to clean up in. Thats the box on the left side, and you
can see the stream of ice cold water that continuously flowed. There was
no hot water there, and it was tough washing greasy hands and faces there
let me tell you!!! My face is still numb from washing up there.
Looking north through the Blacksmith area. You can see the Forge and Air Press straight ahead. Some boiler tubes to the right of the Anvil. And a pipe rack on the right. Reminds me of another good story. When I was first an apprentice, one day the Boiler Maker Apprentice Bob Williams calls me over to that rack. Sitting on the rack was a small freshly orange painted gismo that looked like some twisted circus trumpet. Bob tells me that this horn makes a sound that the General Locomotive Foreman of the day, Bill Silver, cant stand. He says to blow it as hard as I can, then well run like hell! Well, of course I fall for this and give this thing a Big Blow. Next thing I know, my eyes are full of flower, as I didnt notice the two tubes pointed straight at my eyes amongst this maze of piping. Yelling obscenities, all I hear is the whole shop laughing. They were all hiding in the woodwork. In the mean time Im running to that trough, described above, to dunk my head in to get that crap out of my eyes. That water was ice cold! I was some ticked off, let me tell you. In the end we all had a good chuckle over it. No hard feelings. Just part of the hazing rituals we all went through in those days.
Looking south towards the lunch room and the locker area.
Also a B&W shot of the locker & cleanup area.
Here again we see the infamous Trough, with ice cold water for cleanup!
The big Brownboggs sheet metal shear we had in the shop. Wouldnt want my fingers caught in that thing!
Our lunchroom. There is another table behind the pony wall
on the left. Paintings are courtesy of the late Albert Derdowski. He was
the first guy I worked with when I hired on as a Labourer there. I walked
into the lunch room and went to put my lunchbox on the far table, (right
side of the door). He was sitting at the spot where Im taking the
picture from against the North wall. He says to me, If you want
to get thrown out of here, leave the box there. Otherwise, come over to
Looking east from the Tinsmith's corner of the machine shop in the roundhouse.
Looking north past the Carpenter's area from the west main door area of the machine shop. You can see Machinist Alex Bondarchuk sitting in the far corner of the shop at the Tinsmith's bench. Thats where the pic above was taken from. I dont have a good picture of the spot Im standing at. That is track 6, and it ran right through the roundhouse into the machine shop, and out the west door.
These two photos are ones I had to take, as nobody would believe these were our facilities! These Turkish, or squat toilets as we called them, kept guys from wasting time. No sitting around reading newspapers on these thing. On day we had a new machinist working at the shop and he had to go. Well, one of the other fellows goes into the washroom only to find the first guy didnt understand the concept of these toilets, as he was sitting on the floor with his legs sticking out from under the cubicle door! LOL! I used to go over to the coach yard, as they had conventional sit-down toilets. The only down side to them was they had no privacy. Just a modesty panel between each toilet, and a panel in front. This was so the foreman could walk in and walk the line of toilets to see if anybody was sitting there reading the newspaper. How things have changed.
Blacksmith area of the Machine Shop. Here you can see the press, anvil, and stack of boiler tubes, among other things.
Another view of the machine shop from over in the blacksmiths
Small self-propelled crane used around the shop for many things.
Looking into the roundhouse from the Machine shop area
on Track 6. This track ran right through the roundhouse and machine shop
out to the west end. Inside the roundhouse is an S4 71xx I didnt
record the number of, and cant see in the photo because of the glare
off the number box glass. . To the right on track 5 is the Sperry Car.
North end of the Machine Shop. Here you can see some of
the smaller power tools such as bench grinders and the small
Big power threader for doing the likes of Stay Bolts, etc.
The big Gilbert Drill Press. This machine was used constantly.
A couple of old pieces of equipment sitting in one corner
of the machine shop. That being the base of the wheel jack for the
Drake Street closed in 1981 for redevelopment for EXPO 86.
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