When I read the article recently about the 4.8 million defective railroad cross ties installed by a rail company, I thought, “Surely this was meant to be published on April Fools’ Day.”
As a native old-timer I well recall the creosote treating plant in Gulfport. Motor oil, anti-freeze, paint or any other product would not have fooled people. Creosote has a distinctive odor. When the very first tie was about to be laid, the workmen should have known it was not creosote and should have stopped the entire project.