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Sourcing Rail Road Rail


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Guys I need some help in sourcing Rail Road Track!

I only need a piece around 60cms

I currently live in France but am hoping to sort some out from the UK when I return to visit family.

Is it easily found or avalible? Without causing mass destruction after removing a piece with a Shtil saw! (joking) Need some for the striker and anvil for a planned Power Hammer project.

Any advice is much appreciated.

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Around here, it is less expensive to buy some other kind of scrap. Sometimes it is better to feign ignorance. One of my students was asked for $1 per pound for scrap railroad rail. The scrap dealer squinted at him and said that wannabe blacksmiths are coming in and getting the stuff for anvils so he can charge more. You don't happen to be one of those fellas, do ya? Being an ornery old cuss, my student turned and walked out and bought a new Euroanvil. One of the guys on Iforgeiron, I think it was Clinton, recommended me South Bay Metals, and they sold me a chunk of non-hardenable steel. I am pretty happy with it and with the price. Also, the people at the yard are not so slimy. Do not reward slime. :angry:

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Around here, it is less expensive to buy some other kind of scrap. Sometimes it is better to feign ignorance. One of my students was asked for $1 per pound for scrap railroad rail. The scrap dealer squinted at him and said that wannabe blacksmiths are coming in and getting the stuff for anvils so he can charge more. You don't happen to be one of those fellas, do ya? Being an ornery old cuss, my student turned and walked out and bought a new Euroanvil. One of the guys on Iforgeiron, I think it was Clinton, recommended me South Bay Metals, and they sold me a chunk of non-hardenable steel. I am pretty happy with it and with the price. Also, the people at the yard are not so slimy. Do not reward slime. :angry:

Slime sucks and scrap is scrap no matter who wants it or for what purpose.
Will keep on the look out!
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I found a site loaclly the the RR was repairing some track. I asked one guy that seemed to be in charge for a small piece and gestured with my hands, "About this long". He said "wait here" and disappeared. Minutes later, he returned with a piece that two other guys had to help load in my pick-up. He said "Long enough?" I made 3 ASOs from it :D
Point is, sometimes, you may even be helping someone get rid of something he doesn't want. Don't know til you ask In my case, it would have cost the RR labor to remove that piece of scrap. I did it for free :)

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