February 22, 2021
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 sometimes classified as reroller rails, or “Rail, Steel No. 1.”
Reroller rail scrap includes standard section tee rails, original weight 50 pounds per yard or heavier (non-alloy) which are free of all attachments, no excessive pitting, and free of all debris (concrete, mud, etc.). Rails must be commercially straight, and generally are 10 feet long and over, weighing 80 lbs per yard and heavier. Suitable for rerolling into bars and shapes. Free from bent and twisted rails, frog, switch, and guard rails, or rails with split heads and broken flanges. Continuous welded rail may be included provided no weld is over 9 inches from the end of the piece of rail, as specified by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Scrap Price Bulletin offers coverage of reroller rail scrap in Chicago’s
consumer buying market.
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