Drilling & Ending

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Note the trickle of lubricant and coolant in front of the milling cutter and flooding the end of the rail.


A Clifton & Baird machine, drilling and ending a rail.

Operator - Joe Channon

These machines had four horizontal drilling spindles combined with an end mill. Oval holes could be produced by elongating round holes using a special flat drill. After one end of the rail was machined it was transferred on a rack to a second identical machine to do the other end.

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