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    Joe S

    Aug 2012
    North Carolina
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    DETECTING DOWN AN OLD ABANDONED RAILROAD BED

    I just joined and this is my first post. I've been detecting an old abandoned railroad bed near my home in North Carolina. The railroad was used from before the Civil War until in the 1970's. All of the track and ties are gone and to look at the bed, all overgrown with trees and bushes, you wouldn't think there would be much to find. I've detected about 100 yards of the railroad bed and have found more metal than I can carry back to my car. The strange thing is, the track hardware (mostly base plates) appear in clusters about 20 feet apart down the bed. Most are burried less than six inches and I use a pick to get down through the gravel. I'm using a Fisher CZ3D detector on all metal mode. Right now I'm only digging the iron signals. Most of the base plates and all of the date nails have dates on them. The fish plates, track stabilizers, and spikes don't.
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    us
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
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    Those dated nails are cool

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    Jul 2012
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    The real treasure will be when you find tools they used. I have found numerous tools along abandoned grades.

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    us
    Jun 2012
    North Carolina
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    Where are you located in NC?

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    us
    May 2010
    Driftwood, TX
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    very cool. Maybe you will find some RR padlocks or luggage tags etc... Maybe a CW relic!

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    Jul 2012
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    Did you find any large corrugated nails? Every tie had them driven in the end grain to slow splitting. Corrugated nails are all over the place on an abandoned track that I walked several years ago.

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    Last edited by Moonrover; Aug 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM.

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    Joe S

    Aug 2012
    North Carolina
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    I'm located near Andrews, N C

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    NJ

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
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    I too like the dated nails. Can you find out where the stations, depots and water towers were located? If so, I would focus on those areas.

    Good luck

    NJ

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    us
    Jan 2012
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    Price of scrape I'd be taking all that home

  10. #10
    um
    Jul 2004
    South Florida Cesspool
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    Quote Originally Posted by dholland02 View Post
    Price of scrape I'd be taking all that home
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. That's some nice heavy metal.

    BTW- Welcome to Treasurenet Joe!

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    Happy Harry

    Feb 2008
    San Mateo County California
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    Those are excelent finds. I have never,that I can remember, seen dated RR spikes. My dad worked for the Great Northers for 40+ years. I saw lots of spikes. As for scrap value, I do not know the going rate for scrap Iron/Steel. Again as a boy that is one of the ways that we made our spending money. That was to collect scrap metal. That included copper and Iron. We also went on bottle hunts looking to find Soda bottles .03 for regular size soda .05 for quart Soda. Stubby beer .01 or quart beer .03 bottles. Had to haul a lot of bottles to make much. However a snickers bar was only .05. It all adds up if you save it. HHHH
    HHHH

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    us
    May 2012
    Virginia
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    Scrap here is almost 12 dollars a hundred pounds. Nice finds, love those dated nails.

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    us
    Feb 2008
    New Mexico
    Fisher F2 with 4" & 8" Coil, and F-Point Pinpointer, Whites Eagle II, Bounty Hunter Fortune Hunter, Modified VLF WaterDetector
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    Nice finds so far. I love hunting abandoned railroads. Keep it up, you are on the right Track!
    As always...Love Silver...but going for the Gold!

  14. #14
    us
    May 2010
    Claremore OK
    White's XLT/ Garrett AT Pro/ Ace 250
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    There is a pretty good market for those dated nails... They have R&R swap meets around the nation and those are big selling items. Congrats
    God Bless...

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    us
    Apr 2011
    Mason-Dixon Line
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    check with your scrapyard first using only one piece of "rail-road" iron...with the surge in illegal scrap scrounging, some yards will call the law if they get in a recognizable hunk-O-iron; rail plates/spikes, manhole covers, light poles, mailboxes, etc...just saying...you may have to do some 'xplainin about how you came up with all that RR iron with permission, from the current landowner, in writing....which you do have, right, right?
    Good luck on your heavy metal recovery..
    So many yards, so little time!

 

 
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