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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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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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Art made from used railway sleepers

27 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Art made from used railway sleepers

From Railway Sleepers to Art Furniture. Natanel Gluska is a multi-disciplinary Swiss artist who currently lives and works in Singapore. Gluska is renowned for producing one-off, handcrafted furniture pieces that become collectors items. Here, he transforms Australian Jarrah wood from unused railway sleepers into art furniture that delights in both form and function.

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Alan Titchmarsh & the case of the missing railway sleepers.

27 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Alan Titchmarsh & the case of the missing railway sleepers.

There are new fears over the safety of our railway sleepers & railway lines tonight following the publication of a new report. The report, which is the latest in a long line of such works, states: "For years we have been having trouble with damaged or missing railway sleepers," said Dr Douglas Ramsbottom. "At last we have found an explanation: Alan Titchmarsh.

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Mural of railway sleeper cutters

26 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Mural of railway sleeper cutters

Mural of railway sleeper cutters: "The Timber Cutters". Sue Linton, Artist. This mural depicts the timber railway sleeper cutters who used to cut timber in the Watagan Mountain Forest for railway sleepers used in the local mine railways.The tree would be cut down with the crosscut saw that needed one man either end. The log was then cut into smaller lengths and these were split for the roughcut railway sleepers.

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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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