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Railroad tie plates #6797651
03/10/20 07:46 PM
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Does anyone know how I could get a hold of those? Really like don powels set up on his DVD mink after mink and I would to have the same set up.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6797707
03/10/20 08:31 PM
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I wouldn't go out collecting them along the RR track. They don't like that at all.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: Green Bay] #6797903
03/11/20 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Green Bay
I wouldn't go out collecting them along the RR track. They don't like that at all.


I second that, buuut if you happen to find one here or there, keep it to yourself!


"I'm a man.. I'm 40!"-Mike Gundy
Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6797914
03/11/20 12:34 AM
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If a railroad man finds out you are using them to catch beavers, he would probably ask you where in your yard would you like him to dump a truckload of them. I you find a loose one on the ground, it is only worth scrap metal price to the railroad. They do not re-use them.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6797942
03/11/20 01:24 AM
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I don't know how many sets you plan on putting out but I finally found a productive use for the junk rotors in the scrap pile. I only put out a few beaver traps so don't need a bunch.

Just another idea for free options you may have already laying around or can find close by.

Last edited by Providence Farm; 03/11/20 01:26 AM.
Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6797955
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Thanks for the tip. I wonder how those tie plates would hold up to coon. Act as a drag I would guess.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6797974
03/11/20 05:54 AM
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If you can find any old bulldozer tracks they work good too. Have a pile a buddy that worked at a scrapyard set aside for me.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6798149
03/11/20 09:14 AM
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You will want more than 1 I would want more than 2. I have had large coon drag a 12" concrete block 50+ yards. Ther was a 3.5' area that looked like it had been tilled the entire way. It was in sandy river bottoms but was a big surprise to me at the time.

If you use them and can't locate your coon check up in the trees carefully.

Last edited by Providence Farm; 03/11/20 09:15 AM.
Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6799121
03/12/20 07:14 AM
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Put a post in Craig's list Wanted --RR tie plates . Worked for me !


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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6799162
03/12/20 08:00 AM
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I made a boat anchor out of one. I fashioned an eye, of sorts, about 4 or 5 inches tall in the middle. I figured the way it pulls is at an angle on the edge. Works pretty good in my mud bottom pond.


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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: Yukon John] #6799773
03/12/20 06:24 PM
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To make a good drag from a rail plate you need to put a railroad spike through the square holes on one end, one from each side of the plate and tack weld them then take a hammer and bend them about 45 degrees toward the other end of the plate. Then weld a chain link, large lock washer or a loop of rod to tother end of the plate to attach your drag chain to. You can double up the plates for a heavier model.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6799906
03/12/20 08:26 PM
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I find them along the old torn out rail beds too, especially where there is a nice hill close to it but along the beds anyway.

I found like 6 so far this year.


Keep your boots dry and your powder too.

I remember when a fur check was reality.....now I'm just trapping for the love of it.

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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6799946
03/12/20 08:58 PM
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There was about a thousand piled up by my driveway last year for a day or two. I live by the tracks. I left them alone. They have a giant magnet they come along and load them on empty cars with.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6802106
03/14/20 05:10 PM
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If you can find an abandoned rr bed you can often find piles of them abandoned along it, if that don’t work try contacting the nearest rail yard they will often have piles of them that they will sell you as scrap

About 20 years ago they tore out a rail line here and turned it into a bike/hiking trail and piles of rails and tie plates that they sold as scrap your bought a pile or however many you wanted and they were yours to do with as you wanted, I bought 4 piles which I found were way more then I needed by about a couple thousand or so lol
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Most of them are scattered out around my trapping area in hidden places so all I have to do is pull in grabbed hem and make a set





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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6857168
04/28/20 01:34 AM
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My local steel supply has a lot of new scrap in perfect sizing for my needs. I am going to use Don's setup for a Bridger 159 for bottom edge sets under bridges. Along with the plate I will use a pc of rod so in the deeper water no worries of wet arms. 159 Bridger seems strong enough at least when new to even hold otter.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6857243
04/28/20 07:39 AM
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Ha how many u need!! Joking!! I work a steel mill that's all we make are rr plates. Many different sizes square,round holes, blanks . Make them for every rr company they are. As far as I been told we r the only steel mill that makes them. We make 2 box cars worth of plates every 1.5 hr . U wouldn't believe how many we ship out a day on rr cars and semi trucks. We take the old ones we get make news out of. I used rr plate as a weight for beaver. It pulled it on bank and got out. So I added 2 together welded them. But never caught another in that set. Yes the plates will work coons as a drag. We make some called blanks that r very heavy.

Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6858562
04/29/20 06:09 PM
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That's a great video. Tie plates come in different sizes. They will keep a coon close especially if you step on the plate and squash it into the mud.

I use old brake rotors and stack rocks under them to make a trap platform. I weld old fence post rod to them to make top and bottom edge sets. You can stack several body traps this way and cover different water heights. Here's one;
[Linked Image]

I use more rotors than RR plates. I get them for free from the place that works on my truck. The big ones from trucks will drown a beaver. The one in the picture is a small car rotor.


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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6858855
04/29/20 10:38 PM
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I never understood the railroad tie plates something so much easier to get ahold of at least in New England is old plow blade cut it in 12 inch pieces and cable or chain together whatever you want for weight but I would only use them on a piece that I trap every year I still like sand bags willed with whatever I can put in them when your done cut the bag and dump the contents and carry out your 2 ounce bag.


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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6861744
05/03/20 12:02 AM
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what worked for me was to just ask
when you see a crew of RR workers, just ask them, and tell them why, and WHAM, they told me "take all you want" from their pile.
I did ask for the guys name who gave me permission, just n case, but that was yrs ago now.


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Re: Railroad tie plates [Re: plainstrapping25] #6862036
05/03/20 10:58 AM
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My buddy backed up to a pile of tie plates loaded them up and off he went. The next day the sheriff was at his door. A big fine and they took the plates.
When using them as drags for coon I added 5' of chain to the plate. A short chain on a plate Is asking for problems. Fine for rats and mink but you never know when Mr coon Is going to come along.


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