Size is relative. At less than 3 feet in length, these sticks of rail are like pieces of scrap to the railroad crew (who are accustomed to seeing sticks of rail in 39 foot length).
This is part of a batch of steel cut for crafting Sleepers Coffee Tables. The brand on each section of rail have been largely preserved and are destined to be featured prominently in the the tables they ultimately become.
Three or four of the sets come from the CARNEGIE STEEL MILL circa 1899-1900. Others come from the Tennessee Coal & Iron Company circa 1904-1906.
Already cleaned up and sealed, they are eagerly waiting for the wood timbers to catch up to them in the process so they can get their close-up and be off to their next home.