The Patent Shaft and Axeltree Company Est 1940



Article provided by Keith Eyles.

I am reading Blood ,Iron and Gold, Christian Wolmars' book on the history of the world's railways.

He mentions a bridge over the Kafue river in Zambia supplied by the PS & AT Co. It reminded me that when I was driving this summer around Hokkaido, the Northern island of Japan.

I came across a bridge on Lake Shikotsu which has a PS & AT brass nameplate on it.

The bridge was supplied to some other place in Hokkaido then reused on the tourist railway that was built from Chitose to the lake. I think the line was closed in the 1930s. The bridge is nicely restored - see photo. The nameplate is visible if you zoom in.

Incidentally I started my engineering career at Wednesfield Steel Tube, until that closed. I worked elsewhere in Tube Investments ( Oldbury ), then moved out of that industry.
Best regards
Keith Eyles


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