Rolling rails in the No. 1 Finishing
Ingots from 36 to 68 cwt. were rolled
into blooms of varying cross- sections depending on the final product.
The blooms then passed through a 12" x 12" shear where they
were cut to length and transferred by rope driven skids to the roughing
stand of No.1 mill. After 4, 5, or 6 passes through the two-high roughing
stand the semi finished stock passed to the 3 high finishing stand.
After 4 or 5 finishing passes the rails ran down the runout to either
the hot saw or hot shear.
The smaller, steam
driven,No.2 mill, equipped with its own reheat furnace rolled a wide range
of fishplate bar sections, bearing-plate sections, spring bars, rounds,
and other sections. Up until closure of the No2 mill, sections were still
manipulated by tongs in the hands of skilled manual operators.
Do you think that would
still be acceptable in this, safety conscious day and age?