I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

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VKPIII
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I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby VKPIII » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:51 pm

I have a 4' section of track that I would like make an anvil out of. I need cut it to about 16" and have the top milled flat. I live in union county area of NJ. If anyone can do this locally please let me know.

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rudd
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Re: I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby rudd » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:47 pm

Hello,

I've reworked one of these that got abused. Something to think about, the top surface of the rail is work hardened from use, not the inside.

What you ask is not a hard job, I'm sure you'll find someone local.

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Re: I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby JackF » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:27 am

The ones I have seen made from railroad ties have a wide flat piece welded to the top.

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Re: I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby PeteH » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:51 am

I think you'll have better luck getting it ground flat, rather than milled. I have a section that I cut from an old track, and the work-hardening is clearly visible on the cut surface, about 1/8" thick at the top. When I first got it, I tried to clean it up with a belt-sander, and while I did eventually get it clean, it took a LOT of sanding. I pretty much gave up on trying to get it flat.

BTW -- why not check FleaBay and Craigslist for anvils. Sometimes you can get them pretty cheaply.
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Re: I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby JHenriksen » Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:18 pm

Just heat the piece up and hammer the top flat. While you're at it, hammer the horn out. Takes a while to heat that much but it doesnt cool off to fast either

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Re: I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby AlphaGeek » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Having recently expended a number of end mills trying to do this type of job, I can confirm that milling is tue wrong approach for anything but a final finish pass with a flycutter. Mark the target shape on the rail profile, then get a grinder and a stack of heavy duty metal grinding wheels and go to work. I ended up using this approach after some really spectacular end mill failures due to hardened spots encountered at random throughout the rail metal.

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Re: I need a section of railroad track milled flat in NJ

Postby larry_g » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:40 pm

I did a section of rail on a shaper and it worked good. So if you can find a shaper then you may have better luck than with a mill.

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