Tie Marker Nails?

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  1. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    Does anyone know anything about "tie marker nails", which come with numbers stamped onto the heads such as 44, 46, etc?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    I believe the numbers indicate the year the ties were installed - (19)44, (19)46 in your examples.

    They're not used anymore, but I am unsure of how they determine when to replace ties - visual inspection? scan?

    Andrew
  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    They are called "Date nails" really a lot of informatiion can be found here:
    Date Nail Info
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    My son-in-law works the track gang for MRL and occasionally finds date nails in old ties out here in MT. A couple of weeks ago I attended a model railroad show and someone had a big display of date nails.
  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    Thanks for the info!
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'm glad you asked that question. I've seen them at flea markets and wasn't sure what they were about.
    Ralph