Rail car connector pin?

fyrffytr1

Well-Known Member
#1
This was a weird find today. It actually didn't register on my DFX but I found it with my pinpointer while looking for a small target. There were several pieces of trash above and around this piece so I guess they could have masked the signal. When I laid it on the ground and ran my detector over it the thing liked to have blown my headphones off my noggin!
Anyway, it is about 16"s long and 2"s in diameter and is very heavy. I was told by one of my friends that it may be an old railroad car connector pin.
20171029_172546.jpg
 

DigsNW

Well-Known Member
#2
Ours weren't quite that shape but it is a lot older too. I think that is what it is. The ones on our RR looked like a nail at the top not all that design.
Called a knuckle pin.
 

fyrffytr1

Well-Known Member
#3
Ours weren't quite that shape but it is a lot older too. I think that is what it is. The ones on our RR looked like a nail at the top not all that design.
Called a knuckle pin.
Thanks for the tip. I did a quick search and found two that are similar.From what I read they were used before the advent of automatic couplers.
114.jpg

old-antique-railroad-cast-iron-link-pin-coupler_1_5dbf65c183057855335853a3bbc5e9a6.jpg
 

against the wind

Well-Known Member
#4
I just recovered on of those last week.
One of the guys that I was hunting with told me that it was a hitch pin for a bulldozer. I went with that. Then after I posted it I was corrected by a member of that forum. It was used to couple railroad cars back when the lumber business in this part of Pennsylvania was booming.
Congrats on your find.
20171030_182102.jpg
 

KRose

Well-Known Member
#15
NO, no, no, no. It is steelhead not steel fish! :LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::eek: They mean and hard to cook and not very tender but my favorite fish of all of them.
I would like to at this time offer my sincere apology........if I have offended any Steelhead Fish or Steelhead Fishermen.....or women, I am truly sorry. I reckon this was like calling our Crappy' fish down here Croppy'. No harm or insult was intended. I would like to add that there were no Steelhead fish or any other species of fish North, South, East, or West that were physically harmed .......only in name in the contents of this post. I can always count on my ole' buddy Dig's to call me down in the error of my ways. Lol :whistle:
 

DigsNW

Well-Known Member
#16
The above picture fyrffytr1 is a very good picture. I am sure glad trains don't use that system any longer. The post 1873 knuckles that replace that oval ring are stronger but still crack and break once in a while. Air in a train works opposite than trucks as I understand it. I haven't worked around trucks only RR in this instance. Air in a train sets the brakes when taken out of the cylinder so if a train breaks for whatever reason the airline comes apart setting the emergency brakes. Trains cannot stop on a dime by any means though. Stopping distances are measured in 1/4 mile increments usually depending on speed at stop.
Thanks for the old picture, I loved it.