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Little glass balls???

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by deformatron, Jan 16, 2002.

  1. deformatron

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    Little glass balls???

    Discussion started by deformatron - Jan 16, 2002

    This is a thread for some of the more expereinced freight heads. A friend of mine, who happens to be a railfan of sorts and his father who is also one, as well as myself, have found these small marble sized balls of what looks to be glass at yards and layups throughout the years. None of us know what they are from or what they do. Most of the ones I've found are the size of a larger "shooter" marble, although I've found a few that are the size of normal marbles. They are rough on the outside and are probably glass. Any clues?
     
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    HAL - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    Yard --> Trainspotting


    My guess is hoppers in your area are loaded with marbles for some customer. They don't have any in our yards. When they hump the lines together, the hatches on the bottom sometimes spill a little and create piles of grain, sand, or whatever the hopper is loaded with.
     
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    deformatron - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    yeah, ive seen the piles of various stuff (sand, dirt, coal, etc.), but this is definitley not piles of marbles. they're very sparsely distributed. somebody had suggested they are mixed in with the loads to break apart piles of sand and stuff in the hoppers so they dont get stuck together, but im not sure.
     
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    va_MisFit_01 - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    ive found some of those glass balls to..
     
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    When - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    hobos like to play marbles, simple as that
     
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    RaiD - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    ever break open a spray can and look at the marble inside? see if they are the same.
     
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    ~KRYLON2~ - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    theres always little purple/red balls the size of marbles by my yard
     
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    sectorTVA - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    i would figure it as cargo that has fallen out...things like that happen, and if they are sparsely distributed then maybe they fell out a long time ago and got mixed up...perhaps the hoppers that used to haul glass marbles no longer haul glass marbles in your area anymore and the glass marbles that are there are from the 70's or early 80's...just a guess...
     
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    Cracked Ass - Replied Jan 16, 2002

    Sector's guess is as good as any. No magic answers here.
     
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    TEE_rase_war - Replied Jan 17, 2002


    They are usually little metal ballbearings, but then again...

    about the glass balls...they are probably used to separate and keep things from glueing together...but then again, how the fuck would that work...all the shit in the bottom would compress and do that anyway...


    ASK KABAR...thats my answer
     
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    fr8burner - Replied Jan 17, 2002

    actually the balls in a can are not metal....try sticking a magnet to it...as far as i know there glass marbles in cans.......ive found large metal balls laying around in my yard but i jsut figured it was shit from the local junk yard....they haul that shit in gondolas..i figured shit just fell out
     
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    deformatron - Replied Jan 18, 2002

    As for the balls in aerosol cans, ive cracked open a few, and they are not like these. For the most part, the balls in cans are the size of a normal marble, and they are plastic. The ones that i am talking about are usually bigger, almost twice the size of a normal marble, although i have found the smaller ones. i also doubt that these balls have anything to with marbles. another guess is that they are the left over ends of some type of glass in the same way that slinkys are a by-product of extruded metal tubing or something.
     
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    KaBar - Replied Jan 18, 2002

    Recycled glass?

    I'm just guessing, but it sounds like they might be recycled glass being bulk shipped that escaped from their transport car somehow.
     
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    deformatron - Replied Jan 18, 2002

    kabar....i hadnt thought of that but its very likely. the surfaces are rough and pitted, so that could be the result of a ton or so glass balls smashing up against each other in a hopper or something.
     
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    Average White Railfan - Replied Jan 18, 2002

    ive see these too. along with piles of crushed glass, not near here though. and i'll tell you right now, if cracked, kabar and ese dont know you might have to approach a worker to find out for sure what they are. my guess would be what someone else already said. prolly some sort of recycled glass product that spilled out from a hopper.
     
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