I'm new to the board and have become interested the history of trains through researching the Ashton Valve company. The company was started in 1871 by my ancestor Henry G. Ashton who invented a pop safety valve which went a long way towards boiler safety. Although his safety valve wasn't the first invented , it was the first that really worked and the company became a staple in the Railroad supply industry. I've been researching the company for the past 3 years. I look forward to hearing from any of you that might be familiar with Ashton safety valves or gauges.
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