Turning train wheels between centers?

Betzel

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I love horology, but it's actually all good, so today I visited a local railroad museum to see some cool old stuff and the largest set of centers in my life, redefining longbed for me at over 6 meters; the faceplate was almost 2 meters. Interestingly (to me) the center cones were cut at 90 degrees rather than (the usual?) 60. I guess that's better when the workpiece is perhaps more than a ton? They were maybe 60mm thick. This holds a set of train wheels mounted on an axle and lets you cut anything but the outer ends. Split bronze bearings. 1935.

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You missed an opportunity to pose for a photo holding a small escape wheel against that mechanism, with a big smile on your face. :)
 
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That's very true. Like people holding up the Pisa tower with their hands. Unfortunately, everything I have over here is oily, or with silica bags, in ziplock bags packed up in boxes for our next adventure.

I hope to find a verge / bird cage French tall case to work on...
 

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