Stripping

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Stripping the moulds from ingots.

Moulds were stripped in sequence with the teeming operations roughly 20 minutes after casting. Special lifting arms on the 4 ton capacity stripper crane would engage lugs on the ingot mould and strip it off the ingot. Ingot teeming and stripping took place in the same bay. When completed, the ingot cars would be hauled by locomotive outside, and then alongside the stripping bay to the soaking pit bay.

You can see the crane operator in the cab of the stripper crane just behind the two lamp reflectors.

 

The hot, empty ingot moulds were cooled in a cold water tank for a short period in strict rotation. There was so much steam generated that the crane drivers had to fish for the submerged ingots using sighting marks on the sides of the tank.

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