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Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 14, 2019 03:55PM
A lot changed after mid 1918 when FE Stanley rolled over the 1918 car with the piston valve engine in it and got killed. I believe it was after this the business got sold and moved out of the Boston area.
The piston valve engine was never used or further developed.
Up until this time both the Stanley factory and Aston valve were only a few miles apart.
Rolly
Re: Ashton Valve Company
February 18, 2020 04:19PM
Re: Ashton Valve Company
February 21, 2020 04:44PM
The 1920 catalog included a few pages explaining the reasons that the Ashton pop safety valve was superior to it's competition.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
February 26, 2020 09:32PM
I love the old advertisement art. Besides some beautiful fonts used for the lettering you can get a good look at many of the other products being advertised. A bit of a time capsule.



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Re: Ashton Valve Company
March 17, 2020 02:01PM
Ashton Railroad instruction book #17 offered repair parts for many of the companies products.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
March 20, 2020 02:36PM
I'm posting a history of the company and some information about the product that put them on the map; the pop safety valve.

Some history:
[www.gracesguide.co.uk]



And articles relating to the safety valves.



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Re: Ashton Valve Company
March 20, 2020 02:45PM
An old circular about pop safety valves.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
March 20, 2020 02:48PM
Another safety valve circular. #56A I'm not sure what year this was printed.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
March 20, 2020 02:53PM
A couple of journal articles about safety valves. 1901 and 1913


Re: Ashton Valve Company
April 13, 2020 02:38PM
Ashton Valve sanitary bubbler

At the beginning of the 20th century people refreshed themselves at public fountains and all drank from the same COMMON CUP, as it was called. Well, sickness and death soon followed and Ashton Valve soon had their line of sanitary bubblers on the market.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
April 13, 2020 02:41PM
Here is an article from the 1911 METAL WORKER journal.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
April 20, 2020 10:02AM
Ashton marble or slate tablets.
An attractive way to display multiple gages on the wall of a boiler room. One of these was on ebay a few years ago. It weighed almost 500 pounds, being a large slab of 1" thick slate, and you had to pick it up.
Here's a description from the 1914 catalog. " These tablets, like those on the following pages, are some of the most attractive designs for gages, both as to neatness of appearance and economy of space. They can be furnished in any style of marble or slate desired, and the prices include the necessary acorn nuts and gage screws. Name plates and wall bolts are always extra."


Re: Ashton Valve Company
April 20, 2020 10:03AM
gage tablets pt 2


Re: Ashton Valve Company
April 29, 2020 09:51PM
I recently picked up an old invoice from 1888.


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Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 03, 2020 09:24AM
Here's a chart that shows the various gauge logos the company used over the years.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 12, 2020 12:48PM
Attached are some of the vintage journals I found Ashton Valve steam car ads in. Most can be found on google books and a few on archive.org.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 12, 2020 12:51PM
And another one.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 16, 2020 11:03AM
HI Rick,
I have an 08 Stanley H5 I am building, and I have original gauges.
I have cracked glass in one gauge, and am replacing it.
Do you have any records or photos that show if they roll the bezel around the glass or did they press the bezel to the glass?
I have made a new bezel, since the original one was damaged, and plan to just epoxy a backer ring in place, but it would be fun to try and make it the way it was originally made.It doesn't look like much overlap, maybe .040
Tom Lahey
Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 18, 2020 09:49PM
Hi Tom.

Thanks for your question about the gauges. I'm afraid I honestly don't know the answer to your question. I have a catalog with repair parts for gauges with a bevel ring but no information on how anything was actually put together. There are some people on here who have done their own repair work on steam car gauges. Perhaps they could help you.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 19, 2020 04:16AM
Tom
I believe the bezel was screwed to a fixture on a lathe, or machine made for the purpose, then the glass set into and held there with some sort of quick release tail stock.
A tool made for the purposes rolled the edge over the glass. It does not look like any sealant was used between the two.

Being brass and nickeled it may have been rolled over with a hard rubber wheel
Much like a knurling tool. Or it could have been pressed over with a die made of something that would not mark the plating.

Years ago I had J R Goold in England repair some gauges, they did not do the work themselves but had someone do the work for them. I had them build me a 1000 PSI
Gauge for my 1920 Stanley when I built the Derr boiler to run at that pressure. Another Gauge would leak water after about and hour at 400 + PSI and fill the glass up half way.
They replace the borden tube. I could not find one gauge shop in the US to do that work.
Rolly



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Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 19, 2020 11:12PM
Rolly,
Nice work on the gauge. Commendable. You are totally correct on the gauge glass replacement process. Years ago a step by step process was wrote up on how to roll in gauge glass into their bezels. I forget who wrote it up.
I rolled my bronze gauge glass bezels in with a brass rod. Doesn't take much force to do it. A hard rubber wheel could have worked in the rolling. I had my gauge bezels nickel plated after the glass was in place. They came out nice. I also re-silvered their gauge faces. I followed the directions in the book: "The American Antique Steam Gauge" by Barry Lee David. Copyrighted 2003. Chapter 3 on Cleaning and Restoring Antique Steam Gauges" tells you just about everything that you need to know on restoring gauges. Doesn't cover rolling in the bezels though. On pages 233 and 235, I was one of the contributors to their book.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 20, 2020 05:54AM
Good to hear from you Pat
I rebuilt one gauge and had the face silvered, they wouldn’t take any money for the job.
He said we just drop it in the tank with the other thousands of stuff.
No charge.
Stay well Pat.
Rolly
Re: Ashton Valve Company
May 20, 2020 11:42PM
Rick, I have been reading your postings and I see that you have collected a lot of Ashton information and also you are enthusiastic about it. If you haven't already decided to do so, start arranging your information into a book presentation (topics and chapters) and when you are satisfied that you have enough information gathered, publish it. If you don't, all of your years of collecting this valuable Ashton information could be lost forever. I would be glad to help you by taking photos for you to use of my different Stanley gauges. I have many Stanley/Ashton gauges to take photos of. With this COVID-19 self isolation program that we presently have, and with my esophageal cancer, lately I have had some idle time.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
June 24, 2020 03:30PM
SSsssteamer Wrote:
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> Rick, I have been reading your postings and I see
> that you have collected a lot of Ashton
> information and also you are enthusiastic about
> it. If you haven't already decided to do so,
> start arranging your information into a book
> presentation (topics and chapters) and when you
> are satisfied that you have enough information
> gathered, publish it. If you don't, all of your
> years of collecting this valuable Ashton
> information could be lost forever. I would be
> glad to help you by taking photos for you to use
> of my different Stanley gauges. I have many
> Stanley/Ashton gauges to take photos of. With
> this COVID-19 self isolation program that we
> presently have, and with my esophageal cancer,
> lately I have had some idle time.

Thank you Ssssssteamer for your interest. I've been busy retiring and moving(first part good, second part not so good) so I apologize for not responding sooner. I have thought about doing something with the information but I don't know if I have enough of a story to make it work as a book. I do have a Railroad museum which is going to enter all my stuff in their on line museum, but I like the idea of a book or pamphlet. I appreciate your offer of supplying photos and if I do get my act together a bit more I will contact you.
And I wish you the best in your battle with cancer.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
June 24, 2020 03:32PM
An interesting sales letter from 1897. It looks like a form letter with the address of the company being approached typed in at a later date.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
July 16, 2020 01:12PM
Power and the Engineer magazine 1909. A couple of mentions of "new" Ashton Valve items


Re: Ashton Valve Company
August 05, 2020 10:43AM
In the 1922 book, "The 20th century guide for Diesel operators", there are a couple of articles involving Ashton Valve products.

The link to the entire book is below too.
Part 1

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
August 05, 2020 10:44AM
And the last 2 pages.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 03, 2020 02:31PM
I was recently contacted by a man who purchased an Ashton 3 chime whistle a few years ago. It's a beauty and he sent me some pictures? I'm leaning towards a steamboat whistle. What do you think?



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Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 03, 2020 04:12PM
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