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Description: Patent for improvements onto railway joints to "omit the declining surfaces of the fish-plate and to employ in conjunction with my other devices or wedges an ordinary fish-plate, whereby the invention may be applied to the joints of rails now in use any change whatever either to the fish-plates or the bolts" (lines 22-28).
Date: November 22, 1892
Creator: Greenwell, Robert E.
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Description: Patent for rail-joints that are a "firm and secure support for the abutting ends of rails to maintain their treads in the same horizontal plane and prevent them from being mashed down at the ends" (lines 13-17). This makes train passengers more comfortable and lengthens the rail's and the fish-plates' lives, and makes fish-plates more stable.
Date: November 3, 1896
Creator: Wambaugh, Mahlon W.
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Railway Joint

Description: Patent for a railway joint. This invention consists "of a rail joint which is provided with a novel locking means whereby the fish plates will be held in engagement with the meeting ends of a pair of rails preventing any undesired disconnection of the latter" (lines 12-16). Illustrations included.
Date: February 11, 1913
Creator: Cole, Henry J.
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Boltless Fish and Bed Plate for Railway Rails

Description: Patent for "fish-plates and bed-plates so constructed that rails can be secured in place without the necessity of making holes in the ends of the rails [...]; and the object is to simplify rail-joints and make the ends of the abutting rails stronger and to repair broken rails" (lines 10-17).
Date: October 6, 1902
Creator: Crawford, William, R.
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Bolt Lock for Railways

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvements in bolt locks for railways. This invention is to "provide a simple, durable, and effective device of this class" (line 13-14).
Date: December 21, 1897
Creator: Herrin, Lemuel
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