One – Hydraulic Pipe Bender, currently located in the disused works of the Midland Railway Workshops, Nr. Perth, Western Australia.
Kindly supplied by Mr Terry Maidens in Feb 2021.
Ed: There is no information of the history of this machine, its tonnage and use however there are certain features that would suggest it is circa 1940s or earlier, such as the cast iron bedplate (that looks as if it has been strengthened at some time with a wrap-around steel clamp – possibly there were cracks developing in the cast iron!!). It also has a more simple hydraulic system and controls than others machines of a later era. It may have been acquired by the Midland Railway Co. second-hand and converted to use as a rail bending/straightening facility, as the tools shown on the bedplate would suggest. For many years F&P had an agent in Australia, who was also supplied with engineering drawings thereby enabling manufacture of certain product in that country. Mindful of WW2 around that time it is possible that it was made there? This post will be updated should any further information come to hand. John B
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