Daily Archives: March 2, 2013

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  • Journal Boxes, posted 2013-03-02

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    Rail fans will probably recognize these as journal box covers (and one open journal box).  Before the days of roller bearings the axle bearings on rail cars were housed in journal boxes that used oil-soaked rags or cotton (collectively called “packing”) to reduce the friction of the axle against the truck frame. If the oil leaked or dried out, the bearings could overheat, often starting a fire that could destroy the entire railroad car (and cars coupled to it) if not detected […]

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  • Soda & Water, posted 2013-03-02

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    When we lived in Italy almost everyone drank bottled water instead of using the local water supply.  This small store sold bottled water, both mineral and natural, soda, and wine.  We could stop by in the morning and place our order then later in the day or the next day the store owner would deliver the order to our house.  Both water and soda were in 2 or 3 liter bottles and sold by the case, like those by the […]

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