Rogue Tool Company
In the early 1970’s, the engineers at ROGUE TOOL CO. designed and manufactured tools for the installation of lock bolts. At the time, millions of lock bolts were used in the assembly of transportation equipment such as aircraft, trucks, trailers, railroad cars, ships, and other allied products. While promoting these tools for use in railcar repair shops, the Rogue Tool representative would discuss various aspects of repair methods with the shop superintendents.
One of the major railroads had a large shop where cars were repaired and rebuilt. Although safety rules were strictly enforced, there had been a rash of serious injuries, many involving the change out of cushioning devices. The block and jack method was still in use, but the fork lift was becoming the standard for change out. This required an individual to go underneath the car in order to guide the device into the pocket, while the fork lift operator jockeyed the lift into position. One error and there could be a serious injury.
As the superintendent was quite concerned about the accident rate, he asked the Rogue Tool rep if his company would be interested in developing a tool to replace the fork lift that would be safe and efficient. Rogue Tool’s engineers came up with a tool that far exceeded the features outlined by the superintendent. It was the CAR MASTER. Now rather than balancing a several hundred pound device on the blades of a fork lift, it rested on a flat table top that could be safely adjusted while the device was being raised toward the pocket. Now the cushioning device could be changed out quickly, safely and efficiently by only one person, with almost total assurance that no one would be injured in the process.
Car Master Models
The first Car Master was a floor model, the D510. As it became standard equipment in shops throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, some GCF’s requested design variations to meet a specific requirement of the shop. By heeding these requests, Rogue Tool developed a family of Car Masters, including the D510RR Rail Rider. The D510XLRR is especially suited for COC cushioning devices. One CMO, noting the efficiency of the Car Master, asked if a unit could be developed that would fit in the pit of a locomotive shop. Rogue Tool took the suggestion seriously and developed a draft gear carriage that satisfied the CMO, the D194. Immediately, a unit was purchased for each of his locomotive repair shops.
All the Car Master models may be ordered with optional swivel tops, and handles are available for easy movement around the shop.