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These are not tools. The first item is the handle off a brake valve. Looks like it is probably from a 6ET automatic. The 6ET was very common on steam locomotives. The other item may be an independant brake handle or reveres handle from a diesel or electric locomotive, probably not from an EMD. I don't recognize the style.


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Thanks for the info.

Thanks for such a quick response. Once I got my research on track I was able to find all the documentation I need to archive these items. Thanks again for sharing.


What you have are a couple of handles for a 26L brake stand (not 6ET). The handle in the upper photo is for the automatic and the lower handle is the independent. From what I can gather from the pics, they appear to from back-in-the-day before they went plastic. I recall seeing such handles as a kid on SD40s, SD45s, DD40Xs and other power from the late 60s and early 70s. By the time I got into the biz, all those handles had been pilfered and replaced with plastic ones. An old timer machinist gave me a brass reverser he pilfered off of a brand new SD45 in the late 60s when he was cleaning out his locker for the last time. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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