In the 1970s one of the transfer levers broke. Because it was such a unique scale, it would take a year for Howe to build a new lever. So, BSI Canton fabricated a replacement lever. It was fabricated by Jay Stevens (retired) and the late Art Koveski (retired). Dan Griffith, Don Moody, and Kraig Brechbuhler were part of the crew that installed the BSI fabricated lever back into the scale.
This scale rebuild that we are currently doing reflects the “old school” scale-man trade when all the scales were mechanical and required unique scale-man skills. The rebuild started on a Sunday and we disassembled the scale and hauled the parts to the Canton shop. We have a crew of 6 to 8 scale-men working on it every day with only a week and a half to complete. It is a very time-consuming job because of the size, weight, & age of the parts. This is a unique job and this scale is also a unique piece of scale history.