Saturday, August 14, 2010

Brake Shoe from the Orient Express

Brake Shoe from the Orient Express
Brake Shoe from the Orient Express

The trains for the Orient Express had fins on the bottom that went through the brake shoes, one on each side. When the shoes were compressed together, they would slow and stop the train.

If you were ever unfortunate enough to be heading back into the station, but they were slow getting the next train sent off, the brake run outside the station would stop you in short order. You can figure out on your own how I know this.

This is one side. The top part is what would grip the brake fin, and it's made of solid brass. I lifted the thing, and it's heavy. Because it doesn't show much wear, they think it was used below the station in the train storage area.

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