January 18, 2022
Logistics and transportation are vitally important when it comes to any successful steel mill or mini-mill business. Some mills depend heavily on the US railway system to transport their scrap metal. But when it comes time to lay new track material, old rail has got to go. And sometimes, it’s not just the rails themselves that become profitable scrap material—it’s all the “other” components of rail scrap. Scrap Price Bulletin refers to this material as “railroad specialties,” as it includes particularly specialized material.
Railroad specialties includes railroad spikes, track bolts and nuts, tie plates, rail joints, angle bars, couplers, knuckler, and steel wheels not over 42 inches in diameter. This material may not include bolsters, side frames or other alloy suspect items, as specified by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Scrap Price Bulletin offers coverage of railroad specialty scrap in Pittsburgh’s
consumer buying market.
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