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Hello, wondering if any one could help identify a cross section of track I obtained from an antique dealer recently in Illinois.

In the attached picture, the cross section is to the right of the contemporary (bigger) cross section of track. What I have found to match so far is that the dimensions closely resemble AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (A.S.C.E.) rails “section index 841”.

My main questions are:

What was this type of track used for?

What railroads used this type of track?



Small rail was and is used in small mine railways. Here is one supplier.


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