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Wheel-Tapper at work

Wheel-Tapper at work

L1186. A portrait of a wheel-tapper at work, checking the wheels of a bogie carriage at Leicester Central Station, circa 1910. The job of a wheel-tapper was to test wheels for cracks or fractures. Using a wheel-tappers hammer (seen in the photograph), the wheel-tapper would strike each wheel, and could tell by the sound it made whether the wheel was damaged. Note the Great Central Railway crest on the carriage side above the wheel-tapper's head.
qkwRailwaymen
alt_titleWheel-Tapper and carriage at Leicester
themessocio-economic context
subjectEquipment - wheel-tappers hammer
railway carriages - bogie carriages
railway employees - wheel-tappers
railway facilities - railway stations
railway tracks - railway rails
railways - railway companies
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1910
TypePhotographic prints - Black & White
Photographs - Portrait photographs
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 161mm
IdentifierNewton - B 3/12
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
copy of - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Leicester Central Station, Leicester
period - circa 1910
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
RightsLeicestershire County Council