Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account. Connect with us! Sign up for our email newsletter. Login or Register Customer Service. COM Enter keywords or a search phrase below: Search. Order Ascending Order Descending. Member since April , posts. In Canada, CN use to mark the year that a railroad tie was put in place with a dateing nail.

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Today, we nail down dates. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. A group of local hobbyists runs a large model rail system. Their models are much larger than the model trains we usually see. Some actually carry people. This issue has a feature titled “To Date a Spike”.

Whats the oldest you have found? I was cleaning up around the place and decided this stack of old ties that my father had delivered here in the.

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.

Wiswell said. Some subway lines did also. I spotted some on the Astoria line in New York on the track on the way into the tunnel. Today, more than 5, people in the United States consider themselves datenail collectors, and there is a Texas Date Nail Collectors Association, formed in , with chapters scattered across the country. There are books, magazines and newsletters on the subject, too.

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Posted on June 30, in Featured , News 0 comments. On Wednesday, June 13th, 25 children aged 7 to 11 visited CentraMod to learn about modeling and running trains. At the end or their day at CentraMod, the children received a date nail as part of their care package. Railroad tie date nails have a date stamped in their head.

Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props, and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. Date nails were manufactured by steel companies on high speed machines, even in the early years.

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Click here to see what you are missing! The blurry image below shows three small copper date nails from the ‘s the larger nail shown for comparison purposes only. I believe the nails came from Cajon Pass following the Summit re-alignment. I was told that the copper nails were used for marking telegraph poles instead of railroad ties. Does anyone have more information in regards to railroads using copper date nails?

Thank you, JMW. They were definitely used in railroads. I have several copper date nails from ties from the Central California Traction in Stockton that are from the same period of time. I had long been under the impression that the MILW was the only road to use copper date nails. Both also dated to the 30’s not sure exactly as I am at work now.

Frank D. Roger Beckett. Usually the copper nails are driven into poles and not RR ties, and are called pole nails. I bought 12 copper date nails identified as Milw Rd.

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Highway 79 where it passes the Texas Basket Factory, you may have noticed the many new railroad ties set alongside the tracks. During the early days of railroad construction, stone blocks, with wooden stringers running length-wise, supported the iron rail. Prison deliveries were so slow that construction foremen had their workers substitute wooden crossties taken from tree stands along the right of way.

Turns out the wooden crossties produced a smoother ride, were readily available and far less expensive.

They would nail them in the wooden rail ties to check on how different type of wood treatments worked on the lives of the ties. Also we gathered.

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Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. The dates on the nail head tells the date the.

Common place in the late th century through the mid th century, Date Nails were driven into railroad ties, utility poles, bridge timbers, and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. Today, Date Nails are highly sought after artifacts by Railroadiana collectors. Following the Civil War , the railroad race was in full swing. In one such race, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific would compete for government favor; with the line that built the most miles being rewarded with cash and land.

In order to keep pace with this expansion, the timber needed to produce crossties was in high demand. Left untreated, wooden crossties had a life expectancy of only five to seven years.

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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.

The first recorded date nail used in a U.S. cross tie dates from and was used on the Mississippi River &. Bonne Terre Railroad. No other railroad used them.

Created by Ward Wallau. For an industrial statement piece that really hammers the sentiment home, this set of cufflinks is right on the mark. Each set of captivating cufflinks is made from authentic date nails in use from In order to record the date of construction, these steel markers were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props, and other wooden structures. In its relatively short history the only significant change to this system occurred in , when the markers switched styles, from indented to raised dates.

By , date nail use declined rapidly and today they survive as relics of an antiquated method of date keeping during the height of America’s Industrial Revolution.

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Moderators: Current Officers , Previous Officers. Privacy Terms. Quick links. Forum rules. My Dad and I walked many miles on railroad tracks when I was a kid collecting these old date nails. All are from the 20’s and 30’s.

When a rotted or mechanically damaged tie was removed, the date on the nail was noted. Ties were never removed because of age, so date nails.

These date nails were used by the Southern Pacific railroad to indicate the age of wooden ties used in the Tehachapi area. An array of old square cut nails are displayed on an antique table from our farm. The table itself was built before using square nails. The four smaller nails at the top were used by SP and are embossed with raised numbers indicating the years that they were used: , , and The lower two are from Sante Fe ties and the dates are stamped indented rather than embossed.

These marker nails were used on utility poles rather than railroad ties and indicate that the pole was made from cedar hence the “C”. The little one came from a railroad bridge timber. From the time I was a little kid, I liked to pick up the old square nails that I’d find lying on the ground around our farm, or on the playground at Wells Elementary School. I knew from my friends Herb and Ola Mae Force that a house once stood near the school’s south fence, and I usually was able to find square nails to add to my antique nail collection.

That’s an unusual thing for a year-old to collect, I know, but I became interested in history and archeology at an early age. I was aided by the fact that the Tehachapi area was a good source for the rusted square nails and date nails that I liked to gather. The square nails I found at old building sites and in weathered lumber from early ranches and homesteads.

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