I can't take it anymore .. just have to ask. Did I miss a sudden RR spike
shortage, or move by the RR cartel to make these things desirable collectors
items that are worthy of such efforts? Does eBay know about this?
Inquiring minds ... and all that. :)
I'm glad you asked as I was wondering the same thing although I've pick up a
number if railroad spikes myself this year. Truck tires are expensive.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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A bit off subject BUT have you ever been in the bathroom on an Amtrak train?
When you flush, a plate swings away from the bottom of the throne and the
waste is flushed out onto the tracks zipping along below the car. I was
amazed, standing there watching those RR ties flying along at 30 MPH. Then
the sign above the pot made sense, "DO NOT USE THE TOILET WHILE IN THE
STATION". I vowed then and there to NEVER walk the tracks again. You may
want to clean that spike first....
The advantage of living in an area that hasn't seen a passenger train in
decades I guess.
Is that a recent story? Is it *really* true?
There's a 70,000 acre Boy Scout camp near here that's having to spend a
bazillion dollars to replace all their latrines with septic systems.
Something about the EPA or CDC having a cow about /E. coli/ contamination
or something. Seems to me these Amtrak folks would face similar scrutiny
in spades. Not to mention Amtrak only owns a tiny fraction of the trackage
they run on. If I were Norfolk Southern or CSX or BNSF or UP, I'd be
pretty pissed about Amtrak crapping on my tracks. Especially if I were a
MOW worker (maintenance of way) for one of those outfits, like most of my
wife's relations are.
If it's true, maybe we can get a class action lawsuit going on behalf of all
railroad employees, and all relatives of all railroad employees, and see if
Amtrak can buy me a bandsaw. :)
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Last time I was on an Amtrak they had the blue stuff in a holding tank crapper
like on the plane. That was quite a while ago (25 years?) on the milk run
between DC and NYC (not the Metroliner). I rode the train every day for a year
between Elizabeth and Penn Station. Took it to DC once.
I imagine if you had the "dump on the track" toilet on a 80 MPH trane it would
collect on the back glass of the bar car.
I know in the 50s-60s you could look down the crapper and see the ties go by.
In the good ol' USA probably not. But I saw a PBS show by someone traveling
by train through Russia and China. It was definitely true on the train he
rode through Siberia. Don't use the toilets in stations. ;-)
This is John again posting from work.
My one man datapoint was the a trip on the AMTRAK "Cresent". This train
goes from NY City to New Orleans. We got on in Charlotte, NC and Off in
Birmingham, AL. I wanted to take the kids on a real train trip before
they all the trains dissapeared. This was probably in 1990. Havn't been
on one since so I assume that this would be a rare event now but who
Rode the Acela a couple times BWI to Boston back bay and the heads look
and act just like an airliner.
Even got to ride in the locomotive for an hour at 90 mph or so through
Conn and New York but another story.
I'd suggest what others suggested. Drill holes in the "back" and then tap
them to accept a bolt from behind.
Since you're a wood guy, I'd suggest looking up the proper RPM rates. Check
out my page below which has some of that:
You'll have to also figure out what size you want to drill prior to tapping.
Someone over in rec.crafts.metalworking probably has those #s memorized.
Otherwise, I can look them up for you Monday. I'll have that chart up in a
few weeks. :)
Joe Agro, Jr.
Thank you all for your valuable advice. I've decided to attach the rr
spike to the display board via wooden dowels. I will epoxy the dowels to
the spike, then glue them to the board...it's more cost effective this
way and I believe it'll work.
The tapping option was quite interesting, but I would have to go out and
purchase a tap & die set, which I've never used.
Once again, thank you.
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