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Splitting logs with railroad spikes

 
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I had some rail road spikes laying around and wondered if I could use them to split wood. I tried on a small tree that had feel some time ago. It worked pretty well for a free resource.



 
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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...
 
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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
pickaxes!

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 !
 
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