Demonstration of the "Shotweld" process
Courtesy World's Fair Historical Society - wf-021r
Photo 018 - BUDD
The sign reads "How BUDD cars are built" - photo MO101 - from the collection taken by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.
"The Shotweld process is a Budd innovation developed by company's founder, Mr. Edward G. Budd, to weld stainless steel panels for the skin of the company's rail passenger cars. Many of those railcars, built from the 1930s through the 1980s, are still in service today. For example, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore run Budd trains, as well as Amtrak. Edward G. Budd developed the all p-steel car body in 1912."( Paul Flancbaum of the Budd Co., Jan. 2002)
The Budd Company also did the great Lightning Bolt sculpture in front of the GE building.
Budd Manufacturing Process for rail cars - photo MO96 - from the collection taken by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.
Budd Manufacturing "truck" rail cars - photo MO91 - from the collection taken by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.