A rare French Sabouret speed Indicator for Railway Trains by Carpentier, circa 1890-1900

A rare French Sabouret speed Indicator for Railway Trains by Carpentier, circa 1890-1900

300 euros


23x20x16 cm box closed



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Categories: Technology, Engineering antiques, Other Technology Antiques


A quite unusual item designed by Victor Sabouret and manufactured by Jules Carpentier, here well preserved in its original box.


According with the Carpentier’s catalogue published in 1904 :

“This device is intended to read the speed of a train as it passes a point on the line.

It consists of a small cylinder on which are simultaneously drawn:

1. Signals proportional to time, produced by a tuning fork ;

2. Signals proportional to the spaces traveled, produced by a tracer stylus, operated remotely, by a series of four pedals placed along the rail, at known distances, and lowered by the passage of the first wheel of the train.

The device is small enough to be able to be hidden in the ballast: it is contained, with all its accessories, in a transport case. “(Carpentier catalogue of 1904, page 124 ; see the last picutres).


A good example, lack only the paper and the quill.


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