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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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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,


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state’s mountainous north presented railroad constructors preservatives in railroad ties, advocated the use of date nails. The Santa Fe and Southern Pacific​.

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San Bernardino Sun, Volume 108, Number 109, 19 April 1981 — Page 27

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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.

Marking the ties as they went onto the track helped keep track of the life and maintenance of different ties. By the s, date nails became the chosen method, with the year of installation stamped on the head of the nail. It is sometimes possible to trace different companies through the shape and markings on the nail. Like railroads, date nails were most used in the s and almost completely disappeared by the s.

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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.

Many of them retired from the Santa Fe in Barstow. Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props, and.

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. April 25, and from 10 a.

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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.

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

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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.

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Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props the date in the end of the tie (Central RR of New Jersey , Santa Fe

I was walking with a friend of mine when he did something really odd around 48th Avenue. He paused t o look at a telephone pole, pointing out a nail with the number 57 stamped on the head. He then snapped a photo of it with his phone and excitedly explained how this mundane bit of hardware fits into a longtime San Francisco hobby of date nail collecting. As it turns out, a complete set of these nails from a certain time period or region can fetch a pretty decent price. Railroad companies started using date nails in the s to record the dates of chemical treatments on their ties.

Utility companies started doing it some time later. If the pole has work done on it later, they hammer in a new one. Often times, the old nails are removed, so collectors have found a niche market in tracking down the overlooked ones. Fortunately for them, there have been quite a few lazy utility workers over the last century or so.

I also find it interesting that the older nails give an idea of the growth of some areas. I happened to know that my building was about 60 years old, and when I checked, I found a nail in the pole out front from It takes a certain lack of self-consciousness to walk down the street investigating telephone poles like Sherlock Holmes. But for the people involved in date nail collecting, they take it pretty seriously.

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