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Does anyone know what is this? Great grandfather gave me when I was a teen. Looks like a piece of cut out rail?

Total height 4 1/8"
Head width 2 1/4"
Width base 4 1/4"
Fishing width 1/4"

Hammered KRUPP 1881

Anyone knows? Any historicaly significant lines were built in that time? And is it from a light rail or what kind? Thanks!!
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Thanks for your reply. I heard there was a Krupp rail manufactured in 1881 that was removed from Santa Fe trackage, approaching the old Ferry landing, along Pacific Highway, in Downtown San Diego.
In the 1920s a lot of Krupp rail. But dated later. And my sizes indicate either 50 or 55 lb rail, not usually used even that time for main line heavy duty routes. So I'm a bit confused here. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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