PR and I happened to cross paths in Nanaimo providing an opportunity for a walk along the Black Track near South Wellington. Parking at Elaine Hamilton Park and walking towards the E&N, it did not take long to intercept the Black Track. After all these years, it is still black!
Artifacts were last thing expected, but in short order Peter's eagle eye picked out some intriguing relics from the past.
The splice bar matches 1880/1890 Sheffield 50 pound rail in his collection. The Black Track was an abandoned railway grade by 1913. It is interesting that after nearly 100 years, the splice bar is going back into service at Peter's 21st century version of the Wellington Colliery Railway!
The spikes are interesting, too. I do not recall seeing that type before on Vancouver Island. The modern day spike was included in the photo to illustrate the different design.