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Hello everyone,

Today I found this old rail. What steel is it?

It is small, I think it is 1060 or similar steel, Certainly the carbon is below .7%.

Someone has ever forged and hardened this type of rail?

The symbol is shown ILVA (Producerl) 555 (?) 60 (perhaps height)

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CIAO FROM ITALY

 

Marco

 

 

 

 

 

CIAO FROM ITALY

 

Marco Di Francesco

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Might be 70 points of carbon, but other alloying elements messing around in there.

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We Marco,

I have hardened some piece of this steel some time ago. I too found that the hardness is low compared to the carbon content, but maybe it just needed some more soaking time, and I rushed a bit. It harden in water and it's not too fragile anyway, it could be good for an hawk. Be sure that you grinded away all the rusted surface before file test; when there is heavy oxidization, there is a thick layer of decarburated steel too.

Mourir pour des idées, c'est bien beau mais lesquelles?

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It looks like you have found yourself a length of mine track.

 

I have a bunch of it. It hardens in water, and if you clay it, do so sparingly, this steel is barely hardenable and wont follow your clay line.

 

I will look at one of my peices in a minute and post the steel number here for you. It was printed on the side of the track.

 

I got my track from a old gold mine in arazona, so i dont know how much the steel will differ with age and location.

 

Mike Lambiase

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Si Giuseppe,

I have done several tests and quench in water is definitely better.

 

Thanks Mike for these informations,

I had not thought about mine track, interesting.

The clay hardening is a good idea.

 

CIAO

 

Marco

CIAO FROM ITALY

 

Marco Di Francesco

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I have made some good photos with my canon. I did not think it was possible to photograph so well!

This is the spark test. Some comment?

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIAO

 

Marco

CIAO FROM ITALY

 

Marco Di Francesco

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  • 2 weeks later...

Typically in track the last numbers are the weight in yards (for the USA of course) so the 60 would be 60 lbs per 3 ft. The big track around me (csx-old main line) is 141 and 138 on sidings

 

Seems reasonable for mine rail to be 60lb/yd

 

I'm not sure about metric countries, I'll ask my rail guys

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There is a Rolling House out near Pittsburgh that I spoke to last month. They specialize in re-rolling railroad track. He told me that it was basically 1070. It range from .60 to .80 carbon and the later stuff has had Chrome added to it. I believe there is a quantity of 1" round bar available from them for a good $. It should make good sword steel and there's plenty of carbon for knives as well.

 

Aldo

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