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    Rick A54,
    Thanks for posting and sharing the information and history .
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHOLLAND1 View Post
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    do you have in your collection or find reference to Ashton gauges filled with mineral oil or glycerine?
    I checked an old catalog and didn't see any mention. Did they offer liquid filled gauges back then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Christie View Post
    Rick A54,
    Thanks for posting and sharing the information and history .
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    Thank you Jim. I'm glad you are enjoying this.

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    Rick A54, thank you for posting! I'll be reading and rereading this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 51cub View Post
    Rick A54, thank you for posting! I'll be reading and rereading this!
    Thank you for your interest. There is a lot more where this came from. I hope you enjoy it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick A54 View Post
    I checked an old catalog and didn't see any mention. Did they offer liquid filled gauges back then?
    earliest reference year I have encountered to liquid filled gauge is 1929

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHOLLAND1 View Post
    earliest reference year I have encountered to liquid filled gauge is 1929
    Wow. I had no idea. I knew they were using springs way back for vibration but I didn't know they had liquid filled gauges then. Where did you come across the gauge? Now I'm curious about the history of liquid filled gauges.

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    At a steam show a few years back I was given an original stock certificate from 1877. I recently picked up an invoice from 1888.
    I'm also posting the Ashton gage production chart that tracks the serial numbers and the years the gauges were produced from 1895 to 1922. And lastly, a gauge logo chart through the years.
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    Steam whistles were also produced by the company for marine ships, Locomotives, stationary boilers,and factory rooftops.
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    By the 1920 catalog they had added a few more styles.
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    Here are a few drawings of the steam whistles. The last picture is the cover of the "bible" for steam collectors. It's essential for the whistle enthusiast.
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    An article about steam whistles from a 1919 Locomotive Appliances publication.
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    Another steam whistle article from a 1921 journal, "the locomotive up to date".
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    The company's first "home" was at 138 Pearls Street, Boston. In less than a year they were burned out by the Great Boston fire of 1872. The next few years they were at various locations in Boston. After another fire in 1879 they settled in at 271 Franklin Street, Boston where they remained for 27 years. 1907 saw the company outgrowing Franklin Street and building a much larger facility at 161 First Street, East Cambridge, where they were until 1948 when they moves to Wrentham ,Ma with the Crosby Valve Company. That was the final home of Ashton Valve.
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    Repair parts and testing equipment was available for most of the products. Test gauges to check the accuracy of many of the gauges and repair parts for a lot of their products. The company even offered a repair service for their items and once in a while you can find an inscription on the dial face that states "repaired by Ashton Valve".
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    Instruction book #17 contained parts breakdowns for many of the items they produced.
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    #17 also had parts for many of the gauges the company offered.
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    A few more pages of gauge repairs.
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    A gauge and tester article from the 1908 "Handbook for the Care and Operation of Naval Machinery"...part 1
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    "1908 Handbook for the Care and Operation of Naval Machinery" part 2
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