Lookie What Stick Found

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  1. Jim L.

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    Stick and I went for another walk the other day along a road near the RR tracks.

    Stick hit something in the rocky dirt along the shoulder...

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    17 spring clips and 6 spikes in what remained of a plastic burlap sack. I don't believe I'll be needing forge stock for a while. :59:
     
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    Nice!

    That will keep you busy for a while! I heard those springs are very tough, but have not forged them myself.

    :38::38:
     
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    any idea what the composition is of the spring clips?
     
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    I've read that they could be 1050, 1055, or 1060 with a high manganese content.

    One account says "2260 (2160 with a 1.5% chromium content)". Another account said W2 was easier to work. I can testify that at thickness, its darn hard to get moving.

    I've seen a vid of some one forging a rather large sword from a single clip.
     
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    Well I hope stick helped you lug all that loot home.
     
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    Yep. Took us 2 days and 2 trips
     
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    That's a nice find.
    They use a huge magnet to pick up all the loose stuff when they rebuild the tracks around me.
    Fun to watch, but I never find anything when they are done.
     
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    Apparently the Rail Roads around here just pitch it to the side.
     
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    I have heard most RR companies get plain nasty if they catch anyone removing anything from a right -of-way. Be careful.
     
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    I think that is due to the liability of someone getting hurt on/around the tracks. It is considered private property. That said, we used to see those clips, spikes and an occasional plate (goes between tie and track) laying in the rocks around tracks on some public ground we used to hunt.
     
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    Good stick!
     
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    Nice score, scavenger!
     
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    If it is an operating railroad, they will likely not be friendly with trespassers picking up material for a couple of reasons. One is the liability mentioned by Ozarkhunter. Another is that those companies consider all of that material as either usable extras or valuable scrap. In the case of those "clips" - those are some of the one-piece rail anchors I mentioned in the OP's other thread. The one on the bottom is an older style no longer in use, AFAIK, except possibly on very old track that hasn't been updated.

    I have no idea what kind of steel those are composed of. It isn't the mild steel used in spikes. As far as collecting it - if it's on the railbed or right of way, it is legally railroad property, and not subject to salvage. Whether or not a particular line chooses to do anything about it, and how that relates to you is a matter for your good judgement.
     
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    Thanks for the info @FreeMe . I wasn't planning to pick any more up. I wonder why they bury it like that?
     
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    Ah. If it was buried, the railroad probably had written it off. Small track material (what we referred to as "OTM") would often end up buried during or after a derailment - by chance or by design, depending on the situation. Or it might get inadvertently shoved under the ballast by machinery during track maintenance.
     
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    A few 10 years ago, I found a 5 gal pail full of railroad spikes by the dumpster of my rental townhouse. Hefted in to my place and put in the basement. When it came time to move, hefted that same pail back out to the dumpster. Figure someone else can enjoy them...
     
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    Jim, we need to talk. If you're willing give me a ring 912 230 3869. I've got some scrap you may be interested in!

    Bant
     
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