🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Narrow Gauge Rail Used As An Anvil?

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I found this chunk of metal in the shallows near ruins of a wharf where quarried stone/salmon were shipped downstream. I believe once in operation, there were several outbuildings as I have found pieces and parts of tubs, ovens, sinks and electrical debris. I have not yet seen full rail sections (they probably were broken down and removed when the wharf shut down?). I can imagine maybe they had narrow gauge laid down to move items from the shore to boats on the pier? Further research indicates that rail pieces can be used as small anvils. Maybe I am overthinking and this was purely a row boat anchor….

The interest in this relic is that someone tried to saw through it. It then looks to have cracked, and almost splinter off. Are there any experts in narrow gauge rail pieces on the forum? Please chime in :)




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it looks to me that the cracked piece was cut out and replaced to repair the rail line. then chucked aside as they seem to always do on the railroad. as a side note they make poor anvils , you see lots of them made but they really don't work well as one.
 
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Depending on what you're trying to do, sometimes they do a fine job as an anvil. I have one that looks like the found object. I use it regularly along with other anvils here.
 
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One thought might be because it was found in water maybe someone cut it down and used it for a boat anchor ?
 
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it looks to me that the cracked piece was cut out and replaced to repair the rail line. then chucked aside as they seem to always do on the railroad. as a side note they make poor anvils , you see lots of them made but they really don't work well as one.
Good theory! I thought the cut was due to someone sawing through the metal. If it was cracked, and removed from a rail track, then it could be a simple boat anchor (not anvil). I need to dig some strong (long) iron signals (usually piping) at the shore that I ignore to see if there are more rail sections buried near the pier. I have found a few RR spikes that I thought was used for the wharf construction. I can imagine a cart track on top of the wooden planks.
 
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yep dig those long iron signals , I found a nice sword doing just that. most likely your piece was torch cut , sawing would be non productive for a track crew. a boat anchor is a fitting use for such a piece.
 
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