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He returned the next morning at 2 o’clock. Wiswell and a friend who accompanied him, John Evans of Mountainside, N. Between and , railroads placed date nails in ties to keep a record of the life of the ties. Utility companies followed later with the use of date nails in their poles. The nailhead carries the date, often the last two figures of the year.
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Railroadiana or railwayana refers to artifacts of currently or formerly operating railways around the world. Railroadiana can include items such as:. There are many more types of railroadiana available to the collector. Some railroadiana collectors include items in their collections as large as speeders or complete passenger cars.
Copy Letter “Dating Nails / Santa Fe Rwy” Interesting History on Date Nails. JERSEY CENTRAL LINES Railroad PATCH Iron On. MULTI-LISTING Marvel.
VVyi’,a:;;:a;;: t. Some collectors and date nail traders might The nails, which indicate when a railroad crosstie was laid, date to in Europe and in the United States. They cost from one-fourth to one-sixth of a cent when new, 75 to 80 years ago. Railroads used them to record the lif e of crossties, said Albert Gustafson, president of the Barstow Date Nail Collectors Association.
He and his son, Terry, have walked hundreds of miles along railroad tracks searching for the nails. Albert Gustafson ‘s collection, which contains more than 5, date nails under glass and thousands more in cans, will make up part of the association’s Date Nail and Hobby Show here. The event is scheduled from 9 a.
Click here to see what you are missing! The mid-sixties part I know, but specifically what year? Thanks in advance for your reply Wasn’t the year in which date nails were discontinued? Are there any Class 1 rialroads other than the Santa Fe where you can still pull 70 year old date nails out of ties on the main line? That kind of amazed me and spoke values about the priority the Santa Fe places on proper maintenance.
The volunteers in the museum are from Santa Fe families. It must be in the Date nails on display at the Railroad Museum. The Date Nail room.
With that said it should come as no surprise to readers that I discovered another railroad museum. This is a small, almost mom-and-pop museum. Notice, the word afternoon. Yes, this was another bright southern California adventure. Several locomotives were outside in the yard. I stopped to photograph those first. The sun would only get brighter as the day wore on.
Best to do the outside work early. The above was shot right around noon on a day when temperatures reached degrees 38C. I added a golden tone to the photo to emphasize the warmth of the day! Railroads played a big part in the growth of southern California.
My father and his three siblings, as well as their father, all worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad at some point in their lives. My dad and granddad made railroad work a career. However, whenever I see static displays at museums, depots, and rail yards, I presume it is more than just your common equipment, so I take pictures. Knowledgeable people commenting on Facebook did not know what it was. Their lack of knowledge piqued my interest very quickly. Eventually, courtesy of Google, I discovered that it was built as a one-of-a-kind engine in
My 1st RR date nail>>>>>>>from Santa Fe RR here in NM. but their price are high price 10 railroad nails not railroad spikes are worth $
Following are a number of reference books grouped by category. Some are out of print but they may be available from other collectors or from used book dealers. We do not sell any of these, and there is no commercial interest whatsoever in what is listed here. Luckin, Richard. Butter Pat World. Dining on Rails: Fourth Edition.
Latest printing is available from Golden Spike Enterprises, P. Box , Williamsville, New York Available in hardcover from the California State Railroad Museum store. A 21 page booklet available fom the California State Railroad Museum store.
Railroads were one of the most important technologies of the Victorian and Industrial Era, connecting the world in ways previously unknown to society. First invented in the mid s, the steam engine was a critical part of the innovation process. The Transcontinental Railroad was finished in About Railroad Date Nails: In the later half of the s, North American railroads began to experiment with treated railroad ties as tracks were put down across the nation.
One of the relatively unknown railroad collectibles are date nails which were at one time inserted into railroad ties to date when they were placed.
Briefly, a date nail is a nail with the date stamped in its head. For example, a nail with a “41” is from Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props, and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. I concentrate primarily on the nails used by railroads. Most date nails are steel, though many are copper, aluminum, malleable iron, or brass.
The nail heads can be round, square, diamond, pentagon, as well as other rarer shapes. Over 2, different date nails were used by North American railroads which show the year. Add to that the nails which tell wood, treatment, and other information, and toss in all date nails used in poles and other timbers, and the total number of different nails from this continent easily exceeds 3, A typical date nail.
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The peak years for date nails were the s and ’30s. A s nail from the Santa Fe railroad sold for $ a few years ago. “I’m not in this for.
April 11, Maniac was a character in TV’s zany “Monty Python” show. In one episode he insisted bricks could be hypnotized. Someone handed him a brick, and Maniac said it was already in a trance. How did he know this? Enamored of bricks, but not in a trance, Mr. Chase has collected bricks stamped with manufacturers’ names, or cities, for more than 24 years. He is one of millions of Americans who love collecting – everything from accounting textbooks to Bibles to nails to feathers to toilet seats to Barbie dolls.
And it’s not just collectibles to put on a shelf or in a book. Collectors are decorating their houses with s furniture, travel posters, or British teapots. It used to be that collectors’ conventions were once a year; now they are every weekend somewhere. Forget stamps, hubcaps, or commemorative spoons. Many collectors today go for the clunky and funky.