Track Joint Bolt from Lewistown


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Object Type

Track Component

H&FRHS Catalog ID

21.11.07

Date or Period

c.1940s

Location

Lewistown, Maryland

Credit Line

Beckley's Camping Center

Earliest Known Owner

H&FRHS, Inc.

Dimensions

3 3/4" L, 1 1/2"w

Storage Location

Flat File Cabinet

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Details

This portion of a track bolt or rail joint bolt was discovered at the site of Lewistown’s primary station stop and passing track.  Society volunteers dug the bolt from the site of the passing track while surveying the property with metal detectors with permission of the property owner.

This bolt would be used to hold a track joint bar or “fishplate” to either side of the rail’s tall thin “web” where the end of two pieces of rail met.  It was cut from its nut and left behind most likely when the rails were removed in the late 1950s.