How old is the railroad spike?

Answer The hooked railroad spike was invented by engineer Robert Livingston Stevens in 1830 or 1831. Additionally, Stevens invented the flanged "T" rail. Both inventions were instrumental in the developme... Read More »

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How much does a railroad spike weigh?

There are several different weights and sizes of railroad spikes. A commonly used spike, however, is the one that measures 5.5 inches by 9/16. A spike of that dimension weighs .5 pounds.Reference... Read More »

Who drove the last spike to complete the transcontinental railroad?

The last spike of the transcontinental railroad was driven in by Leland Stanford, who represented the Central Pacific Railroad, and Thomas Durant, the president of the Union Pacific Railroad. The c... Read More »

In what state is the last spike of the Transcontinental Railroad located?

The last spike of the Transcontinental Railroad was driven into the ground in Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The spike was driven at the point where the Central Pacific Railroad met the Union Pa... Read More »

When reporting a malfunctioning railroad gate what are the advantages of calling the railroad VS the police?

The railroad can get it repaired and immediatly notify any approaching trains to stop and protect the crossing. All crossings are required to have a sign posted with an emergency number to call and... Read More »