Ashton Valve Company

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Rick A
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Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:31 pm

My ancestor Henry G Ashton started the Ashton Valve Co in 1871. The company lasted about 100 years and manufactured parts for locomotive, stationary, and marine boilers. and many Railroad related items. Here's a brief history of the company and a few of their old advertisements. Enjoy.
And drop me note if you have any information or stories about the company.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:33 pm

A page from the 1920 (?) catalog

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:44 pm

And another:
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by CLamb » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:07 am

You might already know this but a search of archive.org turns up 357 results.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:24 pm

Thanks CLamb. I just spent a quick 30 minutes checking the site out. Really good. Even better than the Google Books where I find most of my material. I can see myself logging in some serious hours.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:27 pm

A couple of items from my collection.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:55 am

Here is Railroad related item the company produced.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:41 pm

The protected gauge had a very practical application.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:44 pm

The Y shaped ring protected the gauge from being damaged by shifting freight in the car.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:06 pm

Here are a few of the patents the company had.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:35 pm

Gauges were made to last and for most of the Ashton gauges and valves, repalcement parts could be purchased. Here are a few pages of replacement items.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:47 am

Testing gauges was very important for any engineer dealing with boilers. Here are a couple of devices meant to test the accuracy of a gauge.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:50 am

The dead weight tester was probably the most popular one they offered. They are still in use today.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:52 am

Another style of popular and very portable gauge tester.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick A » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:40 pm

I'm posting information and pictures of a few of the important people in the company.
Henry Ashton the founder
Albert C Ashton...his son
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