Thursday, January 19, 2006

CPRR "turned" point spike

Chris Graves has supplied a photograph of one of the extremely rare CPRR "turned" point spikes. He noted that the last order for this type of spike is dated 1872. Spikes with "turned" points, or reversed points, were only used to be driven across the grain of wooden stringers used in open deck wood trestles and bridges on the railroad grade; however they were also used in locomotive and car shops where pits were lined with wooden stringers.