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Rails, 2 ft. and under scrap metal prices

September 16, 2019
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.  In this scenario, the rails take on a different role—as profitable scrap yard material in their own right. This material is classified as rails 2 ft. and under, but can also be referred to in some circles as “Rail, Steel No. 2 Cropped Rail Ends.”
Rails 2 ft. and under scrap includes standard sections, with original weights of 50 pounds per yard and over, 2 feet long and under, as specified by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
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Rails, 2 ft. and under
Prices as of July 9, 2018
Delivered to Consumer Low High
Pittsburgh - Rails, 2 ft. and under 464.00 465.00
Chicago - Rails, 2 ft. and under 469.00 470.00
Philadelphia - Rails, 2 ft. and under 422.00 425.00
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars
Cleveland - Rails, 2 ft. and under 434.00 435.00
Cincinnati - Rails, 2 ft. and under 399.00 400.00
Buffalo - Rails, 2 ft. and under 399.00 400.00
Birmingham - Rails, 2 ft. and under 384.00 385.00