When I was a teenager, there were railroad tracks. Since there were only freight trains coming along these tracks, you could walk along them most of the time. Balancing on the rail or hopping from tie to tie, it was cheap entertainment and often a short cut.
Moving to Europe was a shock. You don’t wander along railroad tracks, not in a country where those trains are electric. They simply don’t make a lot of noise and can sneak up on anyone who grew up listening to the loud sound of engines.
Have you noticed that railroad ties are no longer wood? Well, at least in Germany they are no longer wooden slabs. Intellectually I have known this for a long time but really had not paid a whole lot of attention till I was hanging out at the train station on Saturday and staring at the track. With the train late, there was little else to entertain me.
I think they might just be sturdier. Each and every one had an individual numbers which I am assuming relates to date of placement. Given an reasonable record keeping, it should be easier to manage replacement time.
Now, I know that you would rather look at a nice tree
or the fact that I have finally put together the second sleeve – and am still facing the issue of cuffs…..