Grade: Grade 2-3. These railway sleepers are less regular in shape and condition than the grade 1's. They more weathered, irregular, with splits, bends, occasional bolts and oodles of 'character'. A mixture of Grade 2 and Grade 3 - SEE PHOTOS
Colour: Various shades of light, medium and dark brown. See photos above.
Weight: Can be heavy to lift, especially the 2.6m x 250mm x 150mm size railway sleepers which can weigh as much as 90 - 95 kilos. Bear this in mind when you are ordering your particular size of railway sleeper. How do I plan to carry the railway sleepers into position? (e.g. the back of a garden). You'll need at least two willing and strong people, and the serious possibility of bribery or cohersion.
Treatment: Creosote treated. Handle with gloves. Avoid using these railway sleepers around children's play areas or places where people may sit on them or come into contact with them frequently. For further details about creosote see creosote page.
Description: These reclaimed Grade 2-3 Dutch railway sleepers are probably between 30 - 70 years old, depending on which section of railway they came from in Holland. They are much more irregular than the Grade 1 railway sleepers. Although the oak may be square edged on one wider face, it can have some rounded or waney edge (scallops) on the opposite face, where the oak has been cut from the outside of the tree. It will often have cracks in the ends, and can be bowed or bent along the length. See pictures above.
Cutting: Quite hard. You'll need a circular saw / chainsaw / powered saw to cut these railway sleepers. Occasionally people try by handsaw, but you have to be very determined or fit. As with any project, it makes sense to try and limit the amount of cuts you need to do. Try and plan a design that fits with the size of our railway sleepers! There is only one length of these grade 2 railway sleepers.
Attaching / Fixing: Timberlok will probably not screw through these railway sleepers without a pilot hole, even if the drill is powerful, so it makes sense to pre-drill.
Sizes: IMPORTANT. All sizes below are approximate. That means that although a railway sleeper is described as 2600mm in length,depth or width it may in fact be several centimetres longer or shorter. This is due to the fact that these railway sleepers were cut decades ago, in circumstances when it wasn't crucial to be centimetre perfect or accurate in dimension. As it happens, most landscaping projects have an element of flexibility or tolerance in them and can cope with this. If your project needs exact accuracy in length, width or depth, then you may to cut them to your precise specifications yourself, or think of using a different railway sleeper.
These are a cheaper lower grade version of the popular Grade 1 Dutch oak railway sleepers. Though they are more irregular, with splits, bows and 'character', they'll still last for decades, whether used in landscaping or construction. They are creosote treated so not advised for children's areas, or places where people will frequently touch or sit on them. So saying, they have minimal seapage in the summer, and so generally no unpleasant sticky tar on the surface, unless the sun is very hot. Suitable for steps, retaining walls & other landscaping projects, so long as there are no issues with them being slightly bent, uneven or irregular. This can be more of an issue if you want to stack them on their narrow edge, and they become more unstable. See photos above.
Additional note: Reclaimed railway sleepers have been practically used for many decades out in the open to support train tracks. Naturally, they have been weathered by the wind, rain, sun and snow, and also can be have residues of grime, dirt, or oil from the trains that have passed or stopped over them. This is simply the obvious consequence of using authentic and historical railway sleepers. Many landscapers normally install them in the garden, and allow the rain and snow to clean them up. Others may chose to jet wash them. If you visit our projects pages, you will see thousands of projects that have used reclaimed railway sleepers, recently taken from the railways.
You have two options, depending on which delivery option you chose at the checkout stage online, or when you telephone the office.
1) THE CHEAPEST OPTION - CUSTOMER TO OFFLOAD RAILWAY SLEEPERS
This is the cheapest, most popular & efficient means of delivery that covers 100% of the UK.
* YOU can chose any delivery day you want in advance within 2- 4 working days, Mon - Fri, between 9am & 5pm.
* YOU can chose, for a surcharge, a next day delivery, timed delivery or saturday delivery.
* YOU are responsible for offloading the railway sleepers from the vehicle. The vehicle does NOT have a crane offload. If you do not have a forklift, you MUST have at least 2 or more strong people to manally offload. These railway sleepers are too heavy for one person. The driver is not able to help you offload or carry railway sleepers into your house or garden.
One exception! If the railway sleepers are 1.2m or less in length, the lorry driver CAN place the railway sleepers onto the pavement or road using the lorry tail lift and hand palletruck.
The vehicle is normally a non-artic rigid lorry (carrying approx 10 - 15 tons)
2) THE MORE EXPENSIVE OPTION - LORRY OFFLOADS RAILWAY SLEEPERS WITH CRANE OR FORKLIFT
This delivery charge is usually more expensive than the Pallet system, but is essential if you order some heavy railway sleepers, without any forklift, or sufficient people to help you offload.
* Your order can be crane-offloaded so long as there is sufficient space for the crane or forklift to operate without lifting over vehicles etc...
You must ensure in advance that a lorry has clear access to your property. It is crucial to tell us, when we contact you to arrange delivery, whether there are any delivery problems - e.g. a narrow road, cul de sac, cars parked in front of the property etc... An unsuccesful delivery will incur a further charge, often equal to the original.
IS THERE A MINIMUM ORDER ?
No. It makes no difference. The cost to you is the same whether we deliver 1 railway sleeper or 10 railway sleepers... e.g. if the delivery cost to somewhere in the UK for 20 railway sleepers was for example £99 + Vat, then the delivery for 1 railway sleeper would cost the same. That's because our hauliers charge us according to how many pallets the order takes up, so whether there is 1 sleeper on a pallet, or 20 sleepers on it, it makes no difference!
HOW DO WE WORK OUT THE DELIVERY COST ?
The cost depends on the postcode of where you live, the number, size and weight of your railway sleepers, how quickly you want it, and whether you can offload or not. Lots of different variables! If you order online, the delivery cost will be worked out automatically by a computer brain. If you order by telephone, the delivery cost will be calculated by a mere human being, who will chat with you whilst working it all out!