Monday, July 2, 2012
Piece of Rail
Reconstructed rail off the MB Line. Found and cut rail near Alstown, tie plates and spikes from Douglas Creek and ties I found out east of Withrow. I cut the spikes just below the head and they are just sitting in the holes. Cut the ties with a chainsaw. Really hard to find ties that aren't rotten anymore. My plan is to cut the ends of the rail and have a nice clean edges. Cover the ties with a natural wood stain. Wire wheel the plates, spikes and rail. Then paint them with a darker metallic paint. Drill holes in the ties and insert some date nails I have from the Line as well. Should be a nice little piece when I'm done. My goal is to make it shine like this.
Rail has on it: L. I. & S. Co. S.W. SCRANTON. 9 1901. 77 1/2. G.N. LINE. I assume it is Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company Steel Works at Scranton. Manufactured in Scranton, Pennsylvania in September of 1901.