Anyone have about a 12" piece of railroad track they would sell me

Hi guys, I'm looking for about 12" of railroad track for a shaping anvil and I don't have a clue where to find any here in Chicago. I don't know anyone in
the industry. I'll pay a reasonable amount plus shipping. And by chance if I do come across a piece in a scrap yard etc, can I cut it with a porta-band? I never had any experience cutting anything like this. also- if I can what blade should I use I assume run it slow and oily? I have a Milwaukee with a bunch of spare blades so I'm sure I have one if it is the right tool to cut with. I would also like to taper the end on one side a bit, I assume the big nasty grinder should handle that one (?)
Thanks in advance,
Rob Fraser
Fraser Competition Engines Chicago, IL.
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A cutoff wheel on a 4.5" angle grinder works very well to cut RR track [even old, work-hardened track] as well as for shaping it.
Unless you anneal it first, a grinding wheel will only polish it but a cutoff wheel works well.
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I have a piece about 18-20-inches long. But its not for sale. I have had it for 27 years as near as I can figure it. It was new when I got it, and is heavy duty high speed type. (RR track comes in different size and weight depending on where it will be used).
Every now and then I get the grinder/cutoff wheel and go to work on it. According to my calculations I should have it shaped the way I want it about the middle of the 2071. Only problem is I don't thing I will be around then. Turning a piece of RR track into an anvil is one of those projects that sound good, but takes a heck of a lot more work than you would think. Why? Well aren't anvils cast in the basic shape from iron/steel, then the edges smoothed out, and case hardened as required. They are definately not shaped that way with a hand file from a big block or raw material.
If I were serious about making an anvil out of RR track I think I would use a plasma cutter/cutting torch to rough shape it first.
My advice would be do as I did, just go buy an anvil, and use the RR track as a door stop, counter weight etc. Right now my piece is holding down the end of a frame that has a 40hp outboard I am working on, at the other end, hanging off a work bench.
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Take a piece of railroad track and toss it into a bonfire. Get it nice and red hot, then cover it with the ashes and let it cool slowly. It will machine easily once its been annealed. The material is a work hardening steel, so used track is very tough to machine unless annealed. Ive made, or roughed out a number of RR track anvils for guys in my area on the milling machines, once they have brought me annealed track.
I keep several pieces of various sizes on the work benches, and on the welding table for hold downs, fast anvils etc etc
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Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you for torturing the cat." Gunner
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The last time I was at my local scrap yard, there were several pieces of railroad track there. I would be happy to buy a piece for you and send it to you, but you ought to be able to find some a lot closer to you. I am just west of Seattle.
You might also consider crane rail. Looks much like railroad rail, but can be bigger.
Dan
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On 24 May 2005 22:52:47 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@krl.org wrote:

Crane rail??? Ooooo good stuff for anvil making...nice and big, some of it. Old ship and navy yards used to use some biggggg stuff
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Have you checked out some oy the hand made anvils at www.stagesmith.com
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Chicago is a big city, if you tell me where you live and I can prolly find you some rail.
Greg
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My "new" shop is going to be located near Canal and the river (pending zoning for my noise permit variance for the dyno.) Right near the marina. . I can meet you to pick it up and pay for it. I live downtown on Michigan Ave.
Thanks Greg!
Rob
Fraser Competition Engines Chicago, IL.

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RDF wrote:
> My "new" shop is going to be located near Canal and the river (pending zoning for my noise permit variance for the dyno.) Right near the marina. . I can meet you to pick it up and pay for it. I live downtown on Michigan Ave. > > Thanks Greg!
Rob, You shouldn't have a problem with a noise permit. Are you gonna be near the ready mix plant?
I'll look around and get back to you in a couple of days, I know where a "mountain" of crane rail and main line track is over in East Chicago. No, not the lake front, E.Chgo In. As a matter of fact, I think that I might be able to rustle up an old anvil if that would help (I had some industrial space in E.C. and kept tripping over the dam thing...... I can prolly come up with a bunch of "heavy" scrap..... I'll "inventory" the scrap pile and get back to you.
Greg
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Thanks Greg,
I am actually having a problem with the zoning as it's south of the river, south of the mixing plant (If you mean the one seen off of I55 S) I had to list noise \ health \ environmental concerns on the business license application I'm also open to other space too by the way- If you know someone with shop space who need to rent it out in this crap economy I'm game... My only issues are I work late, and I work loud from the dyno and tuning of my dragster as well as client cars. Top alcohol cars shake a few windows for a good distance. I guess I'm my own worst enemy with neighbors. I'm starting a turbine project too so I need a fair amount of workable shop space. An anvil and/or track would be awesome!
Thanks a million for looking for me, I greatly appreciate it!
Rob
Fraser Competition Engines Chicago, IL

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Upp... If it's metal Ernie can make it happen... I just need this for an "Attempt" to start making dry sump oil pans and for fitting up some of the parts with the concave bevel and this is a perfect material for the forming. It should be just what I need. It will double as a door-stop too. I can't find crane rail, I called a few scrap yards and they don't have time for me obviously. There is a Metra depot about 1/2 mile from my proposed new shop but they are super strict. I asked a maint. guy in a truck and he said they would be immediately fired for taking any material, scrap or not so I dropped it there with the rail-road. I do play by the rules and the last thing I want to go is get a guy in trouble for simply helping me out.
To all of you with the suggestions I thank you, If a chunk of taller crane or even regular rail happens my way I'll be happy. Also, thanks for answering the cutting & shaping stuff.
Respects,
Rob Fraser
Fraser Competition Engines Chicago, IL.

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On Tue, 24 May 2005 19:26:31 -0500, RDF wrote:

if your saw has a deep throat, otherwise pick up a #8 OA cutting tip.
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