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Iron and Brass Foundry workers produced the metal components for all sorts of machines and equipment.
The first step in producing the various components was carving the patterns. These would then be placed on the foundry floor and packed round with special foundry sand. After removing the pattern the sand in the moulding boxes would be sufficiently compacted to receive the molten iron, that would then harden to the shape of the pattern which had been in the box.
Scrap iron, pig iron and cokes were transported to the foundry on small wagons. The layers of iron, alternating with layers of cokes, would be fired in the furnace. When the iron was molten, the clay plug would be pulled out of a hole at the bottom of the furnace. The molten iron would then flow along a chute and into the ladle
August 11th, 2013
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