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Railroad Materials

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Jeff Lamer, Aug 2, 2022.

  1. Jeff Lamer

    Jeff Lamer New Member

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    Hey All,

    Just had my first fire in my forge :). Now I'm hunting for material to practice with. I think I scored good as a three rail line backs my property. I found a bunch of good spikes but was surprised to find Rail anchors.
    http://www.railroadfastenings.com/rail-anchor.html

    I believe them to be high carbon steel. Each one is about 2lbs of material.

    I also need tongs :)
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    That's a lot of steel to push around without a press or power hammer. Are you planning to cut them into more manageable pieces?
     
  3. Jeff Lamer

    Jeff Lamer New Member

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    Hi Mythtaken, I have a 6ton log splitter I plan to make a press out of. The challenge there will be the dies.
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    That's a bit of a catch-22. You need the press to make the dies for the press.

    You can make them with a hammer and anvil, but I don't envy the job.
     

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