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Crowfoot Wrench
Catalog #: 2002.0075.13, Accession #: 2002.0075
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Used in steam locomotive repair work to reach and to hold nuts and boltheads in difficult-to-reach places.
Physical Description
3" W x 28 3/4" L
Details
Date Made:
1940s
Dates Used:
1880s - Today
Credit:
Gift of National Park Service
History

Part of a small array of hand tools displayed in "America On The Move" - such tools were used in the inspection and repair of steam locomotives. Light repairs on steam locomotives were usually done in roundhouses at the many small locomotive terminals throughout a railroad's system; heavy repairs were done in a large, centralized repair shop serving the whole system (often referred to as the "Back Shop"). Most of these tools date from the early- to the mid-20th century, roughly 1900-1955.

A "crowfoot" wrench was so-called because of its shape. Used in steam locomotive repair work and railroad-car repair work to reach and to hold nuts and boltheads in difficult-to-reach places. Used in locomotive boiler work.

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