Robakyo Posted October 18, 2011 Share Posted October 18, 2011 Greetings All, This past spring while wandering through the woods parallel to a stream, searching for antler drops, I found this heavy piece of metal. Above, was an abandoned R.R. overpass. This object was half imbedded in the stream. No idea how long it lay there, but the rust wasn't too bad. So, I wrestled it out of the stream and lugged it back through the woods to my vehicle. It maybe weighed 70 lbs. The measurements were as follows: 78 1/2 " x 2 1/2" x 1 1/4". The 1 1/4" was forged down to about 3/4" on the ends. I'm not sure if it was connected with trains or if it was a discarded piece off of some heavy construction equipment. I've searched picture files of trains, freight cars, fuel tankers, etc., but nothing conclusive. I wouldn't even know where to begin or what to look for on heavy construction equipment if I were to try a search. I found something vaguely similar online, and that object was called an archbar. But it doesn't quite look right for that, and it isn't even symmetrical. Is it some kind of spring steel? I look at it and I see a bunch of hammers, punches, drifts, hardies, and maybe a Hawk or ten. Spark testing suggests that carbon is present. I am baffled, which isn't saying much. I hope that one of you learned Smiths here can enlighten me. - Robert Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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