What Is This and What Is It Used For? - Solved by dogtoy

PhoenixArt

Joined January 2010

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This puzzle has been solved. If you want to try to work it out… stop reading now…

Time for an update.

This thing is not a boat anchor, not underwater, and not an underwater thing at all. This is just a small part of a whole thing that is made up of 3 different parts. You can see all 3 parts in this shot. One of the parts is rather large and heavy, the other parts are somewhat smaller. It is not a belt clasp or buckle. This object may well be over 100 years old. It is no longer used for its’ original intention. It is not a rock, and is not from an archaeological dig or a museum. It is not an axe head.. but that is old rusted metal you can see. The two smaller parts of this thing are metal. It’s original purpose was not to do with agriculture. It is not buttons from a uniform and it is not hinges or part of a gate.
Its’ original purpose is to do with transport, but it is not a part of a train and it is not part of the wagons.

Sorry, I don’t think I’ll give any more clues here, because I think Kay is getting very close with her guesses. Good luck! ;o)

Ok then, another clue. Keep thinking trains…

It is not anything to do with barges or Canal boats (remember… trains). It’s not tracks, but it has got something to do with them. One of the parts of this thing could be called a bolt or pin. It is not a fishplate, not a coupler to join carriages and not a wheel. It’s not the level crossing barrier, it was not at a level crossing… and it does not have hinges.

One of the parts of this thing is a railway spike (there are two other components that make up the whole thing though…) What is the whole object? (Where are spikes used?)

This is so close to being solved… it’s just a race now :o)

dogtoyWell, if one part is the spike, then another part would be the tie plate, which goes under the rail. The spike fastens the tie plate and rail to the tie.
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Woot woot! We have a winner. The round metal bit is the spike, and the metal bit underneath it is the rail plate (which holds the rail in place), and right down the bottom (barely visible) is the wooden tie (or railway sleeper). These are the cross pieces that hold the rails in place.

Congratulations dogtoy :o)

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