Regards, Clive Smith.
The Friends of the Railway Studies Collection at Newton Abbot Library have received an enquiry regarding the Sleeper Nails. Message reads:-
“Can you please find out what these were for? Found in a timber railway sleeper, on the outer ends, one of each type per sleeper”.
We now know the sleepers are stacked in a garden at a house near Pershore which has recently changed hands.
The Permanent Way Institution has been contacted. They are intrigued but do not know the significance either. A suggestion has been made that they could be of GWR origin and refer to miles and chains?
The following Website is another clue:- < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_nail > The references 2; 3; & 4 are interesting. Who would have thought that Sleeper Nails would be collectable?
I do not for one moment think that the sleepers near Pershore originated in the USA. However is there any evidence that Cornwall railways used sleeper nails at one time?
If any of your members could help solve this mystery we would be very interested to hear from the society.
Please note, I will not be available for the next two weeks so I will be unable to reply to emails until the beginning of October.
Many thanks to Don and John.