When I was in British Columbia, the Canadian National track had a wooden peg driven through the tie plate and into the tie approximately every 5'. I have never seen this before. What is the purpose of these many pegs?
The photo was taken in October 2011 just south of Hixon, B.C., just west (roughly 2,000') of the Cariboo Highway 97. Hixon* is approx. 30-40 miles south of Prince George, B.C
The distance covered at least 1/8 mile, possibly much further.
– George Formanek
In researching this oddity, I did locate an article in the June 1953 issue of Popular Mechanics, alluding to the use of wood pegs during track alignment processes. Could George's photo prove to be part of this?
Hixon was established by the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Here we see it listed in the Prince George Subdivision, in Time Table 82, published in June 1961.
The Pacific Great Eastern became British Columbia Railway in 1972. And renamed BC Rail in 1986. Notice the siding capacity was dramatically increased from 42 cars to 2,350 cars. This must have been due to the longer, heavier coal movements from Tumbler Ridge to Robert's Bank Terminal near Vancouver British Columbia.