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Jun 23, 2021 - 4:23:34 AM
2418 posts since 12/18/2004

Does anyone have a source for the type of railroad spikes we used to see years ago that have the square spike shank?
All I have been able to get have a round shank........would love to find a supplier for the old type.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!.
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:34:27 AM

13700 posts since 6/29/2005

Don— you and me both!  I had been searching for these for years and nobody seemed to know what I was talking about.

I found these on eBay—1/4 lb. for $15 and bought them right away—they are the real deal.  I don't know if this seller has more, but you can find him from this.

If you don't luck out, I can send you some.

Ken

Edited by - Ken LeVan on 06/23/2021 05:35:26

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:37:22 AM

hbick2

USA

381 posts since 6/26/2004

You might check with Bob Smakula at smakula.com

I'm not sure about the square shank, but I've gotten some good ones from Elderly. A friend gave me some railroad spikes that he got off of Ebay and they were terrible. They bent when I tried to push them in. The ones from Elderly didn't do that.

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:39:18 AM

YellowSkyBlueSun

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

207 posts since 5/11/2021

The round shank ones typically come from musical part suppliers (or generic/low-end model suppliers).

The ones you find at the boutique hobby/model shops for model railroading typically have the square shank.

The trick is to find true "scale model" railroad spikes from a specialty supplier. The round ones aren't actual "scale models" because real railroad spikes are square. Note that many suppliers will sell "track nails", which are always round and not the same as "scale spikes".

proto87.com/product1908.html

Edited by - YellowSkyBlueSun on 06/23/2021 05:43:54

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:44:29 AM

2418 posts since 12/18/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Ken LeVan

Don— you and me both!  I had been searching for these for years and nobody seemed to know what I was talking about.

I found these on eBay—1/4 lb. for $15 and bought them right away—they are the real deal.  I don't know if this seller has more, but you can find him from this.

If you don't luck out, I can send you some.

Ken


Ken the link did not come through.....can you try that again?   Thanks

Jun 23, 2021 - 6:06:49 AM
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RioStat

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There are these.....https://www.ebay.com/itm/294093830032?hash=item44795bb790:g:Oq8AAOSwyYdgY4oH

and these.....https://www.ebay.com/itm/333940448897?hash=item4dc066de81:g:S3IAAOSwc3tgY4oN   

Unfortunately, neither ad shows a picture of any actual spikes.

Jun 23, 2021 - 7:18:50 AM
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Dlye

Canada

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Jun 23, 2021 - 7:40:22 AM
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The ones that StewMac sells are round. The eBay seller that Scott mentions is a model train vendor so it's more likely that the spikes are square. Check the links that Scott listed and see where else it takes you. I found an interesting looking box of old spikes for $13. A lot of them looked rusty but there could be enough good ones there to last a banjo maker several lifetimes.

Jun 23, 2021 - 9:29:17 AM

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Jun 23, 2021 - 11:21:23 AM

13700 posts since 6/29/2005

quote:
Originally posted by bryantde
quote:
Originally posted by Ken LeVan

Don— you and me both!  I had been searching for these for years and nobody seemed to know what I was talking about.

I found these on eBay—1/4 lb. for $15 and bought them right away—they are the real deal.  I don't know if this seller has more, but you can find him from this.

If you don't luck out, I can send you some.

Ken


Ken the link did not come through.....can you try that again?   Thanks


Don, here are a couple of links:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/333940448718?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254948977565?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200818143132%26meid%3D75a3f9bb141a4403b72dbfd835cdd52d%26pid%3D101198%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D333940448718%26itm%3D254948977565%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLCvipPairwiseWebWithBBEV2bDemotion%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2047675.c101198.m1985&amdata=cksum%3A25494897756575a3f9bb141a4403b72dbfd835cdd52d%7Cenc%3AAQAGAAACEE9RnQKou1TlmZ6A2OLiCfgUeNUvByJrzJYWvt%252Fa5WO66clVIkCZ18pWstzMTmDyAqCmJnFzbzjoLKRdhyiR9fNJVcanl1jgPmLAEKxM01oIESb7t0%252FGXYPo%252FmIyoB9sLd2mnXNrmurglqAqpVpQu1e4iKuh2oRAQ%252FoUQHlV6nCfbG2YKkh2WRcX5hG8rpRS6IVAuuLTuMrbnAWh8HY%252FyrH8P5a3JrFTm%252FjCdffy4nwly7LYyxGR3wWfRsogdgJDZiJa0ueiaw%252F%252FV%252Fz1iwwGdFIrn7fGLooT22KJVFZgmk8sabeRQiuLjCRN9mdSk%252BnajbyjaK%252BJkrRDQ8Pc6NL8smq7ymopekhN4eXm7gyZ%252FP7Ut9u8%252FK4nzKD0g9AXY1POuh%252Fd6NH6i0dvq2DWMhZK6XjXe2P1Rq2xLj3GhtofAwCGSZrp46gsNU2OMkfeq8ofuywmZ5CZLTNK5CYEH5cr0sylIu7KQpCNNB7uJqm3BEJGjTFp3gvMqd%252FsIZJ3iBA7PkwaoKS3ktE7lp%252FjDKpGTDdDeDxgtyF7zIqOlvDJ6FhlwvJADikf0qFR0xIuXyfaM661NQ8f%252FKPSxwUItlBV%252FxMDdR47iTzZiqpS%252BM1Mn2T2jFVFXlb80Bd3MiC2UyyGGOeYNew7uGHfqsgx7cSx4WiTU%252B8oiXw5O5SCerzksAjP89HPlMYDgJ3dhDjAqFLAUw%253D%253D%7Campid%3APL_CLK%7Cclp%3A2047675

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:04:25 PM

1420 posts since 5/19/2018

A quarter pound of HO gauge railroad spikes is like what...5,000 spikes?

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:28:33 PM

13700 posts since 6/29/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Alvin Conder

A quarter pound of HO gauge railroad spikes is like what...5,000 spikes?


3,775, which is why  said if they were all gone on eBay, I'd send him some.

I've been looking for these for years, as my old supply from the 60s is running low, and I do not like the round ones.

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