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A life for every railway sleeper

22 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

A life for every railway sleeper

Hundreds of millions of railway sleepers have been laid, and thousands of railways constructed in the last two hundred years, but few have the shocking and appalling history of the Siam - Burma railway. 1942 - 1943. In June 1942, 61000 British, Australian, American, New Zealand, Danish and Dutch POWs as well as an estimated 250000 labourers from Siam, Burma and Malaya were put to work by the Japanese Imperial Army to construct a railway line 415km long.

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Railway sleeper furniture company

21 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Railway sleeper furniture company

Singapores railway line may be gone and its railway sleepers with it, but that hasnt stopped a new furniture brand from having designs on them. After all, The Rail Life Co was set up to make railway sleeper furniture or, to be precise, furniture made from railway sleeper wood. The brainchild of a Singaporean and an expatriate based here, it uses wood from the Australian Railway.

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1970's house built with railway sleepers

16 July 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

1970's house built with railway sleepers

A house built in the 1970's of railway sleepers! Although this article was written many years ago, at a time when railway sleepers were free and there were no eco or medical concerns over the use of creosote, it is facinating to see how they constructed such a house. Indeed, such a house could still be built, although the railway sleepers would now have to be reclaimed untreated hardwoods, like Australian Jarrah or African Azobe, and I wonder whether we would still

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Marcel's railway sleeper house in Chile

16 July 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Marcel's railway sleeper house in Chile

A house built of Railway Sleepers - Parts 1-7. Marcel recently bought a piece of land by a lake from his friend to build a house. At some point which he doesn't quite remember he decided it was going to be built using Railway Sleepers. ? This is the first of a series of blog entries to document the progress of the construction to share with family and friends

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Art centre built from Railway sleepers

15 July 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Art centre built from Railway sleepers

Each year we are sent thousands of projects using railway sleepers. We are sent dozens of projects creating structures with railway sleepers, even a house. But to build a massive art gallery with railway sleepers! Architects BIG have won a competition to renovate and extend an art centre in Utah with proposals that will be built from railway sleepers reclaimed from the Great Salt Lake

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Old nappies turned into Railway Sleepers!

10 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Old nappies turned into Railway Sleepers!

Old nappies will be turned into Railway Sleepers under new recycling scheme. Babies go through an average of four nappies every day. Now used nappies will be turned into railway sleepers under a new recycling scheme being trialled in Scotland. Each year some 160 million nappies are sent to Scottish rubbish dumps. But four councils are to trial a kerbside collection scheme for 36,000 homes across Fife, Stirling, Perth and Kinross and North Lanarkshire.

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Fury over Sale of railway sleepers

09 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Fury over Sale of railway sleepers

The railway sleepers at the pocket park in Finedon could be sold-off by Finedon Parish Council! Concerns have been raised over the future of several hundred railway sleepers at a pocket park. Members of Finedon Parish Council discussed selling the 400 railway sleepers at a recent meeting after being told by a workman that they could be sold for a healthy profit. One theory is that the railway sleepers could be bought by Rushden Historical Transport Society.

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Railway sleepers donation aids fire effort

08 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Railway sleepers donation aids fire effort

Wooden railway sleepers donation aids bushfire relief effort. Australias state-owned agency RailCorp is donating wooden railway sleepers to reconstruct fences destroyed by bushfires in New South Wales. About 1,800 railway sleepers will be used as fence posts, to help replace an estimated 3,500 kilometers of fencing that was lost in Januarys fires.

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Expensive Railway Sleeper Homes for Badgers

08 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Expensive Railway Sleeper Homes for Badgers

300 million project includes special badger homes from Railway Sleepers THOUSANDS of pounds will be spent relocating hundreds of residents living in the path of the new Borders Railway and building new homes from railway sleepers. Several badger setts have been identified by wildlife experts along the 35-mile route and a 10,000 pot has been set aside to provide the nocturnal hunters with alternative railway sleepers accommodation.

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Arrested for stealing 300 Spanish railway sleepers

07 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Arrested for stealing 300 Spanish railway sleepers

The Civil Guard raided a farmhouse last week, where a man had stored over 300 stolen railway sleepers valued at 4852 euros. The theft took place from railway lines running around the town of Santa Fe de Mondjar. The offender was identified as FMMG, 55 years of age and a resident of Viator Railway sleepers have been disappearing from the area for some time. The Guardia Civil have been aware of the problem for some time.

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