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Crosstie Date Spikes

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Dick Quickwood, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Dick Quickwood

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    Crosstie Date Spikes

    Discussion started by Dick Quickwood - Jun 1, 2005

    i had never heard of this until a couple days ago when an old man told me. railroads used to hammer spikes into crossties on new tracks, with the year of construction on the head. i don't know if they still do this, i've never noticed these spikes on crossties still in the ground. this one came out of a soft, nice smelling crosstie, maybe pine. interesting how it still had the creosote and wood smell. the number 24 is hard to make out, as in 1924.
     

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    doublebase - Replied Jun 1, 2005

    wow cool yay
     
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    ArtistikFunk - Replied Jun 1, 2005

    cool... yeah they used to date them.
    The milwaukee road used copper dated spikes on the mountain division.
     
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    Ski Mask - Replied Jun 1, 2005

    I've been in a few yards around canada where they still have old sections of rail that were date stamped when they were originally forged. Its strange to think that in some yards trains are still rolling over rail from 1908. or 1912. Take a look sometime.
     
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    SWX1994 - Replied Jun 2, 2005

    never noticed it on spikes, but i have see dates on rails that are abandoned.
     
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    nelACKson - Replied Jun 5, 2005

    i have a couple form '33
     
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    Raw fish - Replied Jul 8, 2005

    I have a handful from the 20's and 30's... I havent seen them on any active lines, but I find them time to time on old dead lines... check ebay, they come up for sale from time to time
     
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    date nails.........
     
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