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Rotten railway sleepers "an accident waiting to happen".

03 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Rotten railway sleepers

Railway sleepers have dangerously rotted away, it is claimed, on the railway line that takes families to the top UK theme park Chessington World of Adventures. A worker said "I'd never let any of my family travel on the railway line and a lot of the other workers feel the same. It's only a matter of time before there is a major accident or derailment. Tens of wooden railway sleepers have rotted away without being replaced and are hidden by shingle and gravel

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Japanese house from Railway Sleepers

01 September 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Japanese house from Railway Sleepers

Shin Takasuga's 'Railway Sleeper House' in Miyakejima. In the 1970's Japanese architects were searching for indepence. One example of this search between centuries old traditions and rigid Modernism is Shin Takasuga's 'Railway Sleeper House'. The house is situated on the small island of Miyake in the Pacific Ocean. It was planned in the 1970's as a retreat and communal residential building. Financial restraints meant that the inhabitants had to build the house themselves. Shin Takasuga's decision to use old, wooden railway sleepers resulted

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Compulsory heat treatment for railway sleepers

31 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Compulsory heat treatment for railway sleepers

Heat treatment is now compulsory for railway sleepers in New Zealand. It has just been announced by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries that all new and used railway sleepers imported into the country must be heat treated before entry. The heat treatment required is more than 4 hours at a minimum continuous core temperature of 70C. This follows several incidents in the last year where discoveries of exotic, regulated or unwanted organisms in imported railway sleepers have been found. This may push up the prices of imported wooden new & used railway sleepers even further.

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Gun & railway sleeper found in armed robbery

30 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Gun & railway sleeper found in armed robbery

Police who seized a van in Wanstead found both a gun and a railway sleeper. They were discovered when the vehicle was raided by police in an armed robbery operation this morning. Police with automatic weapons surrounded the white van near to Wanstead Chemist at about 9am. A man in his 30s, was arrested at the scene. It is understood that the police were investigating the possibility that the used railway sleeper was planned to be used as part of a smash-and-grab raid on

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Don't burn Railway Sleepers says Firewood Association

29 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Don't burn Railway Sleepers says Firewood Association

Don't burn railway sleepers, says the Firewood Association. Some people with woodburners in their houses use railway sleepers to provide efficient & recycled heating. But the Firewood Association have warned about the health risks of using railway sleepers as fuel, and has banned the sale of old railway sleepers for burning by its members

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Railway sleeper houses should be preserved before they are all destroyed, says Councillor

25 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Railway sleeper houses should be preserved before they are all destroyed, says Councillor

Councillor calls for survey of Railway Sleeper Houses, so as to "preserve a dying breed". Railway sleeper houses, which seem to be found more in the Highlands of Scotland than anywhere else in Britain, were constructed using reclaimed railway sleepers as their main structure, often with a coating of wire and cement render.

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Boy badly injured by railway sleepers

21 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Boy badly injured by railway sleepers

A Sheffield boy was badly hurt by a broken Railway Sleeper Fence. Bailey cut his leg on a fence made of railway sleepers near his home in Westfield. The schoolboy who was out playing with a friend needed nineteen stitches after ripping open his thigh on a wooden fence made from railway sleepers - which his mum Kirsty says is in desperate need of repair.

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100 railway sleepers stolen from station

20 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

100 railway sleepers stolen from station

Railway sleepers valued at 2,000 were stolen from Tain railway station. Inverness police warn: "If you are offered Railway Sleepers from an unusual source I would ask you to immediately contact British Transport Police."

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100m deal to supply plastic railway sleepers

16 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

100m deal to supply plastic railway sleepers

100m deal to supply plastic railway sleepers! Network Rail plans to replace nearly 200,000 wooden Railway Sleepers a year with plastic supermarket bags, recycled car bumpers and used drinks bottles. Under the unique agreement, I-PLAS from Halifax will build green railway sleepers out of 100 per cent recycled plastic.

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Fighting railway sleeper warriors

05 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Fighting railway sleeper warriors

Our fragmented army is waiting. There is a kind of numb inevitability to our fate. I feel scared, panicky. Any moment the most fierceome of enemies will arrive. Death is unavoidable. The coming warriors are vast in numbers, ruthless, moving silently with immense speed & strength. They are Dutch. Eight foot six inch in stature. And creosote treated...?!!

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