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  1. Default Can you tell me what this is?

    I'm completely new to this forum and I hope that this is the appropriate sub-forum for this. I found a piece of equipment that I believe to be associated with a railroad but I'm honestly not sure. I tend to believe this because I found it buried next to a train track while photographing an oncoming train. Does anyone know what this is and what it was used for?

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    Here are two other pictures of the text that is on it.
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    Used to lock two container corners together.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=cont...+box+connector

    Bruce

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    Thanks Bruce, for the reply and the link. Makes perfect sense now seeing as that the majority of the cars on the train I photographed had containers on them. Do they just fall off sometimes? I can't imagine one being unlocked where we were at, in the middle of nowhere.

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    They can't come out when between two containers. One could have been left unlocked on top of a container, or someone dropped it on a car and didn't bother to get it, and it eventually fell off.

    Bruce

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    Interesting. Thanks again for your help and response.

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    Quite often those are left on the walkways on the ends of intermodal cars, so I'm not surprised that you found one along the right of way. That's an example of why you never want to stand close to the tracks while a train is passing by. You never know what might fall off a passing railroad car.
    Stay off the tracks for Pete Sakes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHinLA View Post
    I know what else it is !!.......................Stolen !!
    No different than if someone found the wallet that fell out of your pocket.
    "A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHinLA View Post
    I was just kidding... But your slogan is somewhat questionable as it insinuates that veterans are suckers. That's the way it reads to me, anyway.. Or, do you mean, if they're forced to serve ? Or, do you mean it from the hip; that they voluntarily write that check saying: "Here I am. I'll do what you wish me to do for my country". ?
    I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you.
    "A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMDGP30 View Post
    I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you.
    No need to worry about explaining it to MHinLA, he won't be around to read the replies. Not in the mood for sarcastic jerks today, so he has left the building.
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