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Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Tyson Rayles, May 1, 2003.
This time with a metal detector. Here we see another (what appears to be) narrow gauge road bed.
We found some items at first, only one of which was for sure railroad related. Other than the narrow gauge railroad spike the rest of the stuff could be related to anything not just railroads or railroad workers. The little nail was interesting in that it appears to be handmade, square shaft, square head, tip cut or hammered out at a 45 degree angle (made you wonder what kept the nails from running off at a angle when you hammered em' in). The fork doesn't appear to be silver, stainless I think. The red and white lid is for "POPS-RITE" instant popcorn. According to the lid it sold for under a dollar (has a cent sign painted on it with blank space for store to fill in amount) and made 7 quarts, a real bargain don't you think? If anybody knows anything about this company can you fill me in on it please? The other lid was interesting in only that I can't remember the last time or what the product was that came with the key to open the can made on the lid.
Then we started digging this up
Didn't know what we found at first, also didn't know what we were digging up was upside down. After digging it out and flipping it over we see we have a section of narrow gauge railroad track!
After getting it home and knocking the worst of the dirt off it, it measures 18" long and weights 20 lb. which if I'm figuring right makes it 40lb. rail. Very light stuff indeed.
Tyson,There is nothing like exploring old abandon right of ways.
When I lived in Kentucky I would explore old abandon right of ways of long forgotten Kentucky short lines and branch lines.I found tie date pins,old ties,buried rail,what appeared to be a part of a old steam engine-I could not tell it was rusted so bad.footing for old water tanks,building foundations,rotted whistle posts,old bridge abutments and such like.I also found a rusted navy colt with the wooden handles missing from the civil war era? I often wondered how that pistol got there...
Sometimes walking these abandon right of ways you can almost hear the "ghostly whistle" from the train that ran on that track.
That's really a neat find Tysom!
40lb rail was real common on eastern short lines, & branches, & from the looks of it , it appears to be iron rail, which would date it well back into the 1800's.
Great Idea tyson - And some great pics!!
I moved it over here to Photog section..
Thanks for the idea Now I'm gonna have to do some exploring myself
Sorry Mikey, in the future I'll be sure to post something like this in the photo forum to start with.
Why? I thought it was fine right where it was.
I PM'd you Just trying to keep things neat & tidy LOL
Neat Tyson! I have some heavyer rail in my garage I use as an anvil.
Wow, when did this jump in here, anyway I like the photo's Tyson cos it's narrow gauge
I walk my dog along an abandoned rairoad. The tracks have been lifted for salvage but it is still possible to find a spike.
Looks like you have some great trails around your neck of the woods Tyson
a slice of that and other track sizes welded together make a great book end
Robin all the track and ties were pulled up but you can find an occasional piece. Jimmy will have to hold off on the bookends. It's slated for display at the local libary, then at the end of summer the local train store/Lionel museum is having it's 1st anniversery during Railfest and wants it for display there.
Wow -- Way Cool - A true historical item!!!! Neat!!!!
You asked about the can lid with the key for openning. I'm not sure but it seems to me that coffee cans were the most common types with a key for openning.
Tyson, we want to see you and your rail on Antiques Roadshow later this year.
Russ that would explain why I couldn't remember, I don't drink coffee so I never would have bought those type of cans. 60103, no smart a** remarks about my age please!