Blacksmith Elmer Loos

Title

Blacksmith Elmer Loos

Subject

Railroads; Steam locomotives; Illinois Central Railroad Company; Blacksmiths

Description

Illinois Central Railroad blacksmith Elmer Loos, Carbondale, Illinois, demonstrates how a piece of round iron is worked on the forge and on the anvil to form an eye. Gauging the temperature of the rod by eye, Loos removes it from the forced draft coal fire at the correct moment, starts a kink in it with his ballpeen hammer on the shoulder of the anvil, then quickly slides it down toward the point, working the comparatively soft metal around into the desired shape with accurate strokes of the hammer. The entire operation takes less than 30 seconds after the iron is removed from the forge. Loos has been working with the railroad for 35 years.

Creator

Ben Gelman

Publisher

Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Date

1959

Rights

Copyright The Southern Illinoisan

Format

Black and White Photograph

Type

Image

Files

1_4_2_F1_b2_f5_015.jpg

Citation

Ben Gelman , “Blacksmith Elmer Loos
,” SCRC Virtual Museum at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, accessed December 15, 2018, https://scrcexhibits.omeka.net/items/show/192.

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