OFF THE RAILS !
When sometimes it's hard to hold it all together!
30 May 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
Following her 'world first' qualification as a railway sleeper inspector in May 2022, Luna has just passed her Counterbalance Forklift test with flying colours. Luna has always shown astonishing commitment to her work, and her determination to succeed is second to none. She is generally considered to be the 'Top Gun' of the railway sleeper world, surpassing many famous names in the profession. At present she has been shortlisted for the 2023 'Rising Star of the Year' award, for her professionalism, innovation, her example to peers and the quantifiable benefits she has brought to the industry.
26 May 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
17 May 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
In the corner of the railway sleeper yard there is a colony of honey bees in the middle of an old Ash tree. We all happily co-exist, as we move around in our yellow forklifts, which they sometimes mistake for an amazing giant sunflower. Once or twice a year, when the bee population increases inside the tree trunk, the old Queen bee gathers together about half of the hive's worker bees, (up to 25,000 bees) and leaves to find a new home (a swarm). They usually hang around in a cluster until the scout bees decide on a new home. This year we encouraged them into a new hive, which we placed on top of the pack of railway sleepers, with an incentive of some beeswax inside. Good customer relations!
05 May 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
Whatever your views on the monarchy, we are all agreed that railway sleepers are the crowning glory in any garden!
Best wishes from all the team
30 March 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
If for a curious dare you strangely decided to lie down on a railway track for 50 years, whilst being battered by wind, snow and rain, you'd probably be pretty worn away and weathered at the end of it. However if you decided to repeat this unusual experiment inside a tunnel, you'd come out of it in a much, much better state. Our newly arrived reclaimed Dutch Oak railway sleepers are proof of this. They have just been taken up from a tunnel after 50 years of service and are in top condition! So, next time you undertake a personal reckless challenge, choose the Tunnel option. You'll definitely look better for it!
15 March 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
In the 1600's the expression 'an Englishman's home is his castle' became enshrined in law. Shaun has clearly taken this literally and converted the inside of his summer house into an impressive fortress against marauding invaders. The outside sturdy railway sleeper deck will last for centuries, as Shaun, magnificently clad in suit of armour, addresses his assembled armies, and the flames from the beautiful stone fireplace with railway sleeper mantelpiece will warm his noble family each night after battle, as he recounts tales of valour, with shield and sword to recreate each moment of bravery. And of course the hanging Bayeux tapestry perfectly documents his victories. Long live King Shaun!
14 March 2023 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
Whilst trekking in Western Australia, we came across a Telegraph Station museum at Hamelin Bay, dating from 1884. Clearly our Aussie brothers share a passion for telegraph poles, and are keen to combine this with sunbathing and naturism. I'm unsure whether this would catch on amongst British Telecom engineers who might struggle with natural inhibition and early morning frosts. Incidentally, a fanatical love of Telegraph Poles is not limited to Australians. We 'Pommies' have our own 'Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society' http://www.telegraphpoleappreciationsociety.org that is a wonderful blend of photos, information and eccentricity, including 'Telegraph pole of the month'.
06 September 2022 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
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."
19 June 2022 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
Railway Sleeper Found On Mars.
A leaked photograph from NASA's ROV Mars Rover camera shows what appears to be a lump of shaped timber lying in a dried river course running parallel to the planet's controversial Cydonia Mensae region, famous for it's giant Sphinx-like face, Inca City and
08 June 2022 / Posted in: OFF THE RAILS !
Following our recent announcement that Luna, at the age of 2, had qualified as the youngest Railway Sleeper Inspector in history, we have been bombarded by the world media. Endless reporters and camera crews proposing TV programmes, radio interviews, magazine features, and even a range of clothing. Luna is now a global superstar!