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Old 12-26-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Default How much does railroad track cost??

Found a piece of 3 foot long railroad track from a guy I work with for $50 bucks. Is that an OK deal or should I wait and keep looking? Going to make a few things out of it, (small anvil, etc.)

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Old 12-26-2011, 07:15 AM   #2
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: How much does railroad track cost??

Any more RR track is probably going to get harder to come by. Since most of it gets replaced by the railroad itself and sent to a recycler to be reclaimed, I doubt much is available for the generally public.

I know the local scrap places won't even take RR iron like spikes or the plates the spikes go through.
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:58 AM   #4
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Here's one thing I can tell ya...if you're walking the tracks and find an 18" long piece of track laying there,and it's about a mile and a half back to the truck,think long and hard about if you REALLY need that thing....that crap is HEAVY....but I have used it as an anvil about 3 times in the five years that I've had it....
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:10 AM   #5
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Not sure about the price, but I do know overhead crane rails are the same configuration. Those get worn and replaced pretty often to. Might be an option for someonne.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:48 AM   #6
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Take it! Like being said, it is becoming more scare every day.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:04 AM   #7
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There has been some "discussion" on metal shaping forums about the legality of owning rail. I bought some at an auction once so I have a bill of sale, but I would be careful about who you buy it from.

BUT, it isn't like the RR police can possibly keep track of every foot of track!
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:12 AM   #8
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I would jump on it! RR steel is getting VERY scarce in most places. 20 years ago you could find it everywhere and it might have brought $5-$10. It will make a nice anvil and a great bumper/ weight for a small tractor!
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:27 AM   #9
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i have a 3' piece. it has been in my MIL's garage ( that i now have use rights to) for over 20 years. its pretty surface rusty. i am going to take it when i move out. idk wth i am going to do with it, but its mine now.
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:41 AM   #10
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I work for a construction company who was installing a generator. The area where the gen was to be placed had an abandoned spur that ran behind a large warehouse that used to sell furniture in the Denver Metro area. The rail had markings that indicated the age around 1920.

Everybody and their mother wanted that salvage because of the iron content in the steel. I should have grabbed a section....
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:55 AM   #11
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I have a small piece on my workbench. It makes a great anvil to beat on. I would grab it.

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Old 12-26-2011, 11:57 AM   #12
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at work we have a 2 foot peace and i use it 2-3 times a month to bend metal for patch panles
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:02 PM   #13
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How much does that 3' piece weigh? 250lbs?
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Track is the assembly of rail, ties, spikes, plates, etc. (Sorry, I work in the RR industry, and can't stand hearing rail referred to as track)

Anyways, you can get it for free sometimes if you ask the right maintenance guy. If you're looking to build an anvil, then you might specifically ask for a 1 ft section that he might have laying around. Most guys will give you a cold shoulder, but others will be happy to oblige.

If you are picky about what kind you want, the best rail to get would be anything over 132 lbs/yd. Ideally, you'd want something 141 lbs/yd and head hardened (for use in curves).

For a 3 ft section from your buddy, depending on what rail weight it is, 50 bucks might not be a bad deal.
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Old 12-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #16
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How much does that 3' piece weigh? 250lbs?
In the UK the heavy grade railway track used for the faster trains weighs 110 pounds per yard.
I don't know what the American stuff weighs but I doubt its anything like 250.
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I would buy it, once you have it you'll find all kinds of uses for it. Here is a picture of my railroad anvil. Made it years ago, handy little item. I would to try to get cheaper of coarse. My anvil is 11" across the top. You could make three of these anvils. 17 bucks apiece maybe that's not bad. A few hours of cutting and grinding to get it where it's at.
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Not sure about the price, but I do know overhead crane rails are the same configuration. Those get worn and replaced pretty often to. Might be an option for someonne.
They might look the same, and might even be made the same ... but old rail has had millions of pounds of cars run over it and the surface is incredibly harder than it started out. Your talking apples and diamonds.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:05 PM   #19
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I bought mine for $20.00 around 2'. Small 6" pieces were $5.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:21 PM   #20
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I liberated a forlorn piece (maybe 16" long) that had been tossed in the weeds along a ROW and Doug B is right on; damned heavy to carry the 500' I carried it. I would also agree with Professur- it is harder to grind than regular steel.
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