It is a medium carbon steel bar, of about 28-30 mm is diameter, either circular / hexagonal / octagonal
in cross-section and is about 150 Cm in length. It weighs about 7 to 9 kg. It may be tapered or blunt at one
end and slightly bent and flatted as a two pronged fork / claw at the other end.
(a) Clawed end is used to take out the dog spike from the wooden sleepers.
(b) Clawed end may also be used for screwing in or out a screw spike / rail screw.
(c) To lift the track for surfacing.
(d) To correct the alignment.
(e) Sometimes the blunt end is also used for packing ballast under the concrete sleepers.