Great Unsung Americans: Conrad and The Steamplant

I likes that Jet.

Posted by ghostsniper at May 16, 2015 11:59 AM

Nothing is simple anymore. Nothing ever works. Nothing ever fits.
Everything's gotta be special. Standard is never good enough.
What doesn't break falls off, and what doesn't fall off catches fire.

Posted by chasmatic at May 16, 2015 9:56 PM

He and his staff, along with the plant they preserve, are true living national treasures. As any competent navigator will tell you, "If you don't know where you've come from, you can't know where you are."

Posted by Phil Jr. at May 17, 2015 5:53 AM

If the video won't play, click on the link to Vimeo in the lower right side. That will take you to the Vimeo page and the video will play. By the way, I am glad that I found a way to view it, fantastic story.

Posted by Borch at May 17, 2015 6:03 AM

Conrad is representative of an entire generation of low visibility people, that work behind the scenes, and make it their business to see that the wheels keep turning. They're gradually moving along, and thanks to the cost saving course of eliminating apprentice training, there's a shortage of someone who actually knows how to make a functional replacement part for an obsolete piece of equipment.
BTW, Ghost, the small Jet's are nice. But loose the crappy toolpost. Get a Dorian or an Aloris. You'll thank yourself every time you turn it on.

Posted by ed in texas at May 17, 2015 10:39 AM

Good video. That neighborhood was my last in NYC, nice place Pratt, but surrounded by to much craziness. Guys like Milster are the last of the Mohicans.

Posted by Will at May 17, 2015 5:58 PM

That is freakin' awe inspiring, NINETEEN FIFTY EIGHT!

Hero is a word much cheapened by over/mis-use, yet this guy is livin' the life of one - unsung, unheralded, until now un-noticed. Since NINETEEN FIFTY EIGHT!

Pristine, yet ancient machinery, built with thread profiles obsolete long before NINETEEN FIFTY EIGHT yet still in productive use today. Incredible.

Gotta ask though - how did he cut the step in the piston ring?

Posted by itor at May 17, 2015 9:07 PM