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Old 12-03-2011, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where to get used railroad spikes legally?

I would like to start making some projects out of old railroad spikes, however, I recently just learned they (along with everything else by the tracks) are illegal to pick up. Never really gave it any thought until someone reminded me about scrap value. Turns out the railroad is pretty protective about their scrap.

So how does one get some spikes legally?

I see lots on eBay, but I'm sure they are all stolen
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't help with the spikes but I wonder how they would feel about me recycling the 20' of track they left on some private property I have access to. It has got to weigh a metric shit ton. They used the property as a staging area when they were doing track maint. and they left behind all kinds of shit. sorry, I have only found a couple of the spikes like you are looking for and you cant have them.
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Probably is no way

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I may know someone that can supply you with some legal ones.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I can check with my girl but I think shipping might kill........

Just asked and can probably get some new ones in a month or so but she can't get used cause they go for scrap ???

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I can check with my girl but I think shipping might kill........
If it fits it ships. Gotta love flat rate. In reality, I need like a hundred though.
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It has got to weigh a metric shit ton.
80 lbs a foot.
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There are foot paths through two small cities near me. They follow the old FJ&G Rail line and you can usually find spikes there. Anything like that near you?
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I used to collect them as a kid from abandoned rail sidings and bridges I would find while out fishing.

If there are big chunks of track missing and it is covered in scaly rust then I would take the loose spikes. Even ran into the cops a few times and they never stopped me.

So what Im saying is try to find some abandoned track. Look near small rivers out in the woods as railroads seem to love abandoning bridges and leaving them to rot. Just dont fall off em!
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I bought some at Home depot quite a few years ago.
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If it's an abandoned rail line, I doubt the railroad is going to care.
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I got mine from abandoned tracks.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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All I know, is that there are at least two kinds, if you're gonna be heating them up to make a knife or hatchet, you want the ones marked HC which apparently is high carbon,

Oh, and what the hell are ya gonna do with 100
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Depends on how many you need. If its just little small projects to swing by a depot or yard if ones close by and ask the Trainmaster or Roadmaster. They will prob so no but I'll be at lunch from 12-1 and there is a big pile xxx and no body will miss a few.
The scrap yards will not buy rail, spikes, or tie plates. Well I say they won't, I go thru Atlanta and under the CNN building sometimes I'll see homeless guys toting 5 gallon buckets of old spikes.
I don't report folks, if it was me I'd just go walk along the tracks and pick them up, I see 10-15 people a day just walking down the tracks just messing around. If you walk an abandoned line something to look out for that's pretty cool to collect are date nails. It was a way the railroad kept up with what year the ties were put in or telephone poles put up. It's has the date stamped on the head.
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Look in the phone book there should be a number for the local track supervisor Or a number to talk to someone that can give you the number. Talk to him and just ask for some.
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The company I work for (GERDAU) is North Americas largest manufactor of railroad spikes.

The rail products is a diffrent division than the one I work in. I have never delt with that side of the business. I'll check when I'm back in the office and see if I can buy them internally.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:53 AM   #19 (permalink)
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If it's an abandoned rail line, I doubt the railroad is going to care.
Not necessarily, unless it has been turned over to couty/city/state it is only decomishioned, the row still belongs to the railroad, and with that, all the bits and pieces lying there.
Around here, after being abandoned forever and a day, rail companies are now ripping up and stripping their decomisioned lines of anything and everything rail related.

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Gerdau Ameristeel has a plant that makes spikes in Sand Springs, Oklahoma and maybe other locations.
Anything that is off spec or secondary is probably remelted.
Best bet would probably be some of the short line railroads if there are any in your area. They replace and repair track regularly and could be a good source.
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I can't help with the spikes but I wonder how they would feel about me recycling the 20' of track they left on some private property I have access to. It has got to weigh a metric shit ton. They used the property as a staging area when they were doing track maint. and they left behind all kinds of shit. sorry, I have only found a couple of the spikes like you are looking for and you cant have them.
Used track makes a hell of an anvil if you have a smaller piece, i.e. about a foot in legnth.
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I have some that I was going to use for a project but never got around to it. I want to say I have 12-18.
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Willing to pay for shipping?

I bet I can find a few over the course of a few trips.
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I can't help with the spikes but I wonder how they would feel about me recycling the 20' of track they left on some private property I have access to. It has got to weigh a metric shit ton. They used the property as a staging area when they were doing track maint. and they left behind all kinds of shit. sorry, I have only found a couple of the spikes like you are looking for and you cant have them.
Nobody's gonna take it unless you have letterhead from the rail company saying it's yours to scrap, learned that the hard way myself.
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