Strong Ties: Mechanical engineering students revolutionize railroad spike removal


KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 2, 2016) — Since the 19th century, the United States railway system has played a critical role in the mass transit of people and goods. But until four Kennesaw State University students put their minds together, the task of pulling individual rail spikes hadn't seen any 21st century innovation and remained a costly, time-consuming and often dangerous endeavor.

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