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Photograph of Albert Gustafson courtesy Kevin Hass, Kevin Hass Photography, 6142 Strickland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90042


Albert and Agnes Gustafson have traveled all over North America and Europe collecting railroad date nails and pole nails. They have nails from every state in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. His collection is the largest on display in the world.

Albert started collecting in 1969 and continues to be a serious collector. Due to health restraints he no longer pulls nails or travels to attend date nail shows but is still active and loves to share his experiences with visitors at the Western America Railroad Museum.

The next page will give you a slight taste of this incredible collection of railroad history from the late 1800's to the present.   There are also links to date nail sites on the web to get more information about this fascinating hobby.