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Amazing photo of railway sleepers from the past

15 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Amazing photo of railway sleepers from the past

An incredible 1930's picture! This picture was taken in Hayes, Middlesex, in the Great Western Railway Sleeper creosoting works. The caption simply read 'railway sleepers are stacked and 'steps' are left in this fashion so that men can reach the top.' An age of massive railway expansion, in which our health and safety concerns had yet to arrive!

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Goats, holes & railway sleepers

06 September 2013 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !

Goats, holes & railway sleepers

Goats, bottomless holes and railway sleepers! Ed and Ted were out walking in the woods one afternoon when they came across a large hole. Peering in they realised that they could not see the bottom. "I wonder how deep it is?" Ed said. Ted said: "Drop a stone in and count the seconds before it hits the bottom - that'll be how many feet deep it is." So they look around for a suitable stone and drop it into the hole. Nothing happened. There was no sound at all. Ted said: "Try something bigger."

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German Concrete Railway Sleepers in USA

05 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

German Concrete Railway Sleepers in USA

The German concrete railway sleeper manufacturer Rail.One is to construct a railway sleepers plant in Iowa, United States costing 15m. The factory is expected to be built by the end of the year and will have an annual capacity of 600,000 railway sleepers. The company has set up a company called Rail.One USA which plans to market the railway sleepers to Class 1 railways. Rail.One's boss says about 22 million wooden railway sleepers are replaced annually in the USA, and he sees a general trend towards the use of concrete railway sleepers as they carry greater tonnages.

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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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