There are folks who collect date nails. There is even a publication dedicated to the hobby called Date Nails. What, one might ask, are date nails?

These are the 2-inch little fellows which the railroad drove into each of their crossties. There are approximately 800 million crossties in the United States, and each is identified by a date nail. They are made of iron, steel or aluminum.

The shape of the head — square, pentagon, hexagon, round — and of the shank, told the beginning of the story, which was completed by a stamped or molded code on the head, indicating the tie’s composition, coating,

Vous lisez un aperçu, inscrivez-vous pour en lire plus.

Centres d'intérêt associés

Plus de Flying

Flying4 min de lecture
Doc, David, Herb and the Cops
Is there any way to thank a friend for inviting you to ride in a Boeing B-29 Superfortress—and even in the “candy” bombardier’s seat? After realigning my dropped jaw and babbling, “Oh, gosh, yes,” I blathered on with: “Really? You’re sure? You’re not
Flying1 min de lectureScience & Mathematics
Flying Eyes Sunglasses
Like most pilots over 40, I struggle with reading the text on the crispest flight display unless I have my contacts, sunglasses and readers close at hand. When I related my woes to Dean Siracusa, founder of Flying Eyes Optics (a brand created by Summ
Flying1 min de lecture
Editor-in-Chief Julie Boatman SENIOR EDITOR Rob Mark EDITOR-AT-LARGE Pia Bergqvist MANAGING EDITOR Jake Lamb ART DIRECTOR Amy Jo Sledge COPY EDITOR Abigail Creel STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jon Whittle CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Sam Weigel Ben Younger Martha Lunken