Please note that when the railroad men drive spikes, they wear steel toed work boots, leather gloves, safety glasses, and often, a full face shield. Be careful! Railroad spikes aren't designed for splitting firewood...
Tim Malacarne : It brought a tear to my eye to think about the old days when track was laid by hand and the Gandy-dancers drove Spikes with Railroad
Gone for good
Goto :::--> you-tube and type in ''Amazing railway track laying machine''
The Grandfather to this machine moved Railroad Tracks in the big cuts of the Panama Canal when Teddy Roosevelt was President !* Back in the days when
a steam shovel, WAS a Steam Shovel !
Someone recorded a video of doing it the old way so it will not be lost to history, but not many spikes get driven by hand any more !
I have seen track workers using powdered Thermite to weld one track section to the next as they but together, and then grind them smooth, that is a very
impressive thing to see, starting out with two rails and ending up with one, and then the big machines come in and relay the track !
Goto :::-->you-tube and type in "Railroad Thermite welding "
For the Crafts, Think like Fire! Flow like gas! Don't be the Marshmallow! Your questions and comments are solicited and Welcome ! Big AL
* No, I'm not that old !
Success has a Thousand Fathers , Failure is an Orphan