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    Posted 1 year ago

    AnythingOb…
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    As mentioned not too long ago when showing my little chunk of railroad track 'yard art' here:

    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/271511-my-latest-bit-of-heavy-flower-garden-ar?in=user

    this is a smaller (lighter?!) chunk of old track that currently hangs around at the shop collecting dust. (mostly) Someone went to a good bit of trouble cutting and grinding on it to actually craft it into a piece quite like a purpose made anvil, with flattened top and edges (including small surface holes in 3 diameters), one 'square' end, one 'pointed' end, and a 'base' which could be attached to a bench or work surface.

    It is about 12-1/2" long and 5-1/2" high overall, its base measures about 5" x 8", and it only weighs 18 pounds or so. The only markings I can find on it look like a "U" and an "S" on one side, likely the only remains of some original foundry indication of who first made the track itself.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Lot of good work when into making that one. I had a piece of rail I used as an anvil once. Back in the last millennium.
    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      WOW, what a response! :-) :-) :-) THANKS SO MUCH to EJW-54, fortapache, jscott0363, yougottahavestuff, Watchsearcher, ho2cultcha, Irishcollector., buckethead, Brunswick, Ben, Anik, iggy, blunderbuss2, bobby725, officialfuel, & Rageunder for stopping by and sharing the <love it>s for my old track anvil!!
      BB2, I certainly agree that someone with some good skills (plus some really good tools otherwise?!) made the thing...?!
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Somebody had to do some milling on this. No way it was hand ground that perfect.
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      I honestly don't have any clue about how it was made, only guessing that maybe the original craftsman had access to an actual RxR machine shop or something...? I *do* know that RxR iron, generally, is much harder steel than most other varieties...this piece is even more curious showing its various remaining evidence of whatever tools/machines were used to make it. [so crude on its 'undercuts', but so nicely finished on its top/edges...then the base shows marks of a horizontal sawing operation?]
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      It would make sense that RR shops made these.
    6. hotairfan hotairfan, 1 year ago
      I really enjoy seeing repurposed items into useful tool. It really shows the resourcefulness of our forefathers and foremothers to utilize what we have at hand to construct a tool that is needed in our everyday lives.

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