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FRANK J. BORER
Freight Car Department
PIPE FITTING IN THEORY AND PRACTICE FOR LOCOMO-
TIVES, PASSENGER AND FREIGHT CARS
RAILWAYMEN'S HANDBOOK SERIES
Printed and Published in U. S. A.
SIMMONS-BOARDMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY
30 CHURCH STREET, NEW YORK, N. Y.
34 VICTORIA ST., S.W.I.
There are in service in the United States and the Dominion of Canada at the present time some two and one-half million freight cars, sixty thousand passenger equipment cars and about sixty-five thousand locomotives, besides a large number of miscellaneous units of railway rolling stock.
Every one of these cars or engines is equipped with pipes and fittings. These are employed to conduct fluids to and from various devices as the air brake, air signal, steam heat, gas lighting and water distributing system. Then there are the many so-called auxiliary devices on the locomotive, and even some on passenger equipment cars that require a good deal of piping, so that as a whole, pipes and fittings constitute a very important part of railway equipment construction. Successful and economical movement of freight and passenger trains depends upon them; in fact, railroading as we know it today would be utterly impossible without them.
It is therefore self-evident that those railroad employes who have to do with the installing or maintaining, inspecting or supervising of pipe work should strive to be well posted on every phase of it, and take pride in doing their work well.
My greetings and sincere wishes go forth to the “Boys" that this book may become the lever by means of which to lift the railroad pipe fitter, the apprentice, the helper and the supervisor to a higher level of knowledge of his important task.
FRANK J. BORER.