We have a considerable amount of flat-bottomed rail on cast base plates spiked to wooden sleepers. When replacing sleepers we really struggle to remove some of the spikes, which appear to be binding in the holes in the plates. We generally have to resort to forcing a bar through the loop in the spike then using a jack either side on the bar. This is labourious, often bends the bar, and is not without hazard. Has anyone got a better method? Or have you used any of the proprietary tools advertised eg https://www.speedyservices.com/c1416320-s-elastic-spike-extractor which claims "This product is designed to use for the removal of elastic spikes when performing rail maintenance. Constructed from steel and finished by a hard wearing coat of paint this tool performs the basic task of removing plastic spikes effortlessly."