the Firemen's Museum, Hudson, NY, you can examine a "rim
and hammer" alarm. A
hammer is handily attached to the supporting frame, the usual original set-up. Our hammer has gone the way of all old hammers.
was the Prattsville rim once
a rim on a locomotive wheel or not? There is no appearance of wear on the heavy iron rim.
At about 4 feet in diameter, it does have the outer lip that would keep it safely on a railroad track.
about the gap in the circle? A 2 inch break like that would spell disaster on the track.
On the other hand, for an alarm it would allow powerful
is the answer? We hope
that the Firemen's Museum will tell us how a fire rim used to be
manufactured. Meanwhile you
can visit them daily 9am-4pm, free
MUSEUM Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
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