Elliot Frog

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Elliot Frog and Switch is one of the oldest manufacturing concerns in the city. It is now a division of Ramapo Ajax Company. Located on South Main, it manufactures railway track supplies, switches, switch sands, frogs and crossing .

The plant is so arranged that the switch and crossing rail stock is unloaded at one end of the building and as the prod progresses to each successive operation, it arrives completed at the assembling floor, ready to be assembled, aligned, finished a inspected. Most all of the switches, frogs and crossings are assembled in the field, this being necessary to insure perfect fit a alignment. After having been checked and dissembled they are loaded for shipment.

Frogs and crossings are of both open hearth and manganese steel manufacture. As manganese crossings and frogs cannot be commercially drilled, the casting is molded at the foundry from patterns with holes precast. In this shape it is received at the Elliott plant and is machined, ground, fitted and assembled into the finished product.

In addition to the frog and crossing shop the plant includes what is called the "stand shop" where switch stands and various railway track supplies are manufactured.

In the manufacture of switch points the stock rail of the required size is selected. After sawing to the proper length, switch tongue is placed in a horizontal drill, where all of the required rivet holes are "led in one operation. The machine is capable of drilling 29 holes in one operation. From the drill, the tongue is passed to the riveting machine and from there to the bulldozers, which are huge presses used to bend the rail to the required curvature.




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