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Crosstie Date Spikes

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

  1. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    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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  2. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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  3. doublebase

    doublebase New Jack

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  4. ArtistikFunk

    ArtistikFunk Senior Member

    Joined: May 7, 2003 Messages: 1,498 Likes Received: 38
    cool... yeah they used to date them.
    The milwaukee road used copper dated spikes on the mountain division.
  5. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    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.
  6. SWX1994

    SWX1994 Member

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    never noticed it on spikes, but i have see dates on rails that are abandoned.
  7. nelACKson

    nelACKson Elite Member

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    i have a couple form '33
  8. Raw fish

    Raw fish Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2000 Messages: 868 Likes Received: 2
    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
  9. rollinaround

    rollinaround Member

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