How and Where Do Train Engineers Go To The Bathroom?

That’s quite an interesting question, isn’t? While for the railroad workers the question might sound weird, for people with less knowledge about trains and how they operate it’s an enigma. You see a huge freight train with tens if not hundreds of cars, and there is the locomotive engineer ( also called a train driver in some parts of the … Read More

How do Trains Turn Around? How About AmTrak?

Trains are known to come and go, most of the trains are assigned to a specific railroad corridor, especially the passenger trains like AmTrak or local subway/metro ones. Whenever the train reaches the destination they have to turn around, so how do they do that? How do trains turn around? There are few ways of turning a train around, however … Read More

Best Railroad Pocket Watch – Railroad Approved?

We all know how a pocket watch looks, right? .. actually let’s assume we don’t, so here is a picture of a pocket watch. Before we look at the best railroad pocket watches throughout the time, let’s set up some things about these watches, straight. Now that we know how a pocket watch looks, you might be asking yourself what … Read More

How To Clean Rusty Railroad Spikes – Cheap and Easy

Probably one of the most common things to do as soon as you get some railroad spikes is cleaning them of rust. Whatever you’re planning to do with them, changes are high that you’ll need them clean. So let’s get to it! How to Clean Railroad Spikes? As I mentioned above, this process has to be easy and cheap. I … Read More

Where to buy railroad spikes from? Can I get free railroad spikes?

A railroad spike looks like a large nail and its main use is for fixing rails (train tracks) to railroad ties. In the last few decades, railroad spikes have started being used as main material for creating all kinds of innovative solutions around the house, anything from cabinets hardware to toilet paper holders, giving a more rough, rustic look to … Read More

Railroad Spikes Art – Top 100 ideas and examples with pictures

Art out of railroad spikes, wouldn’t think that is possible? Think again. We all have stumbled upon some old railroad spikes at one point, I remember once I bought a full bucket of rusty railroad spikes from a scrap yard, planning to use them as decorative pieces throughout my garage. Never did use them and as a matter of fact … Read More

What do trains run on? Do trains run on gas?

As you well know, trains are some amazing pieces of machineries, they have revolutionized the way we travel and transport freight. Throughout the years, trains used to run on few types of fuel, and yes at one point trains ran on gas. Which trains run on gas? Are there any today? One of the most well known gas powered passenger … Read More

Does a Train Have a Steering Wheel?

Yes, some trains do have what looks like a steering wheel, but the truth is that the wheel is not used for steering. There is a big misconception about this Notch Changer also known as Tap Changer (Speed adjuster) because it does look like a steering wheel. So what does a train steering wheel accomplish? As mentioned above, the tiny … Read More

Railroad Tie Dimensions – What are they? Length, Width, and Depth.

If you are interested in any sort of question regarding the railroad ties, rest assured I have them all. Today we are going to find out what are the railroad tie dimensions, their length, width and depth. Before we proceed with the answer to the railroad tie dimensions question, let me remind you that I already have the answers to … Read More

How to Remove Creosote From Railroad Ties? Is it possible?

It will be a quite tricky process, if not quite impossible. Removing creosote from railroad ties can be done, but the risks and the work of doing it might be greater than the results. How to remove creosote from railroad ties? An old, used creosote treated railroad tie will be deeply penetrated by the toxic substance, one method to try … Read More