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Spikes, so what?

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The outside two were taken from the standard gauge tracks in Elizabethton, TN from the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, and were so badly pitted I could only assume they were there when steam was still running (as the last steam engine left there in 1967). I painted them because there wasn't a good reason to think they were used by the arrow gauge line.

The middle one was recently recovered from the right of way before milepost 13 on the 3-foot gauge line, before the covered truss bridge over the Doe River between Valley Forge and Hampton, TN. Very few identified pieces of the NG line have been found over the years as the track crews clearing those tracks in 1951 did such a complete job. I just got the middle spike, which to me is worth its weight in gold! I for sure won't be painting this one, and will be mounting it on something to hang on the wall of the train room.

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@Radioman77 posted:

The watch was my other half's grandfather who worked for the PRR. If the documentation is right the watch was made in 1922 it is a leverset.

I was also lucky enough to inherit a pocket watch - this is a 1919 Illinois Watch Co. Bunn Special. I've been told that it belonged to my great grandfather when he worked in the MKT roundhouse in Franklin, MO.

By the way - I believe all railroad pocket watches from this period were lever set (to prevent accidentally changing the time), so that makes sense.

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Gee, I wonder where you got the crossbucks, stantions  & station  wire schedule rack came from?

Just rolled into Charlotte N.C. at 6:30. What a busy area. Plus, the Stones are in town!

Everything looks great!!! The house is closed on as of today.

And missed my chance at going to the N&W RR museum, while having lunch in ROANOAKE. Mom & wife weren't interested in going there. ROAD TRIP!!!

Steam Forever

John

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5AF7BF21-7C60-4D9C-BADE-93FF24930778Once upon a time I sold nearly every railroad item I owned. This included my old grip and all its contents, and my Conger brakemans’ lantern.  Then I got reminiscent about my train service days, and started looking at lanterns on an auction site.  When I saw this pretty blue lantern I could not resist buying it.  It gets plenty of use, but not for passing signals or reading switch lists at night (heavy sigh).

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