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Engineers and Mechanics Encyclopedia 1839: Railways: Sharman Converse

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An improvement in the manufacturing of the rails for railroads, was patented by Sharman Converse, late of New York, but now of London, on the 29th of September, 1832, a description of which is given in the Repertory, for April 1833.

The explanation is, however, not very clear; all that we can gather from it being, that the rails are to be connected and sustained longitudinally, by a species of trussing with wrought-iron rods, similar to that employed in trussing girders.

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