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University plans the end of railway sleepers

19 October 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

£15 million project to end railway sleepers & revolutionize railway tracks.

SINCE railways started in the 1800s, railway tracks have been laid by fixing individual rails to individual railway sleepers on a bed of ballast. A team of University of Huddersfield researchers are breaking with this tradition and working on the development of all-steel railway track sections that can be laid quickly together (like a toy railway set) and fitted with computer technology, which provides instant safety alerts. 

At present on the railways you can get deterioration from one railway sleeper to the other or when ballast degrades and some railway sleepers become unsupported. This project promises a steel railway track system that uses steel beams to give consistency of support and better control.

A steel modular track section pre-built in a factory would mean that they could be pre-equipped with smart technology to recognise any faults or deformation that happens on traditional railway lines, and hence warn of potential accidents.

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Bangles from used railway sleepers

17 October 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Bangles from used railway sleepers

Bangles from used Jarrah railway sleepers! Amazing what beautiful objects have been made from what many would see as dirty old railway sleepers! It shows what beautiful tropical hardwood lies below the dusty weathered surface, just waiting to be created into something unique..

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200 year old railway sleepers discovered!

13 October 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

200 year old railway sleepers discovered!

Archaeologist Richard Carlton said “These wooden railway sleepers were part of a major main line in the late 18th century which probably carried a ‘train’ of horse and coal-filled cart every minute. It would have been a disaster if the railway had been lost. This is the railway which gave the standard gauge to the world and its loss would have been an international tragedy. The railways are the greatest gift the North East has given to the world."

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Pilgrim sculpture from used oak railway sleepers

09 October 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Pilgrim sculpture from used oak railway sleepers

An incredible 14ft sculpture made from recycled railway sleepers, called 'Pilgrim' - by Glenn Morris. Glenn was invited to create an outdoor sculpture for an ancient Abbey in the heart of Wales, dating back to the 12th century. Glenn was one of 9 sculptors invited to give a sculptural response to the historic site and whose work was placed within the Abbey grounds.

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Alice Station B & B with railway sleepers

26 September 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Alice Station B & B with railway sleepers

For years, it's been a unique and beautiful place to stay, with stunning surroundings, fabulous wildlife, and incredible use of railway sleepers. Amazing all round! However things are changing. Deb the owner has written: "Everyone is fascinated by our home. The architect designed house, constructed of recycled Ghan railway sleepers is unique in Alice Springs. The interior is modern, comfortable and tastefully decorated, but the railway sleepers .....

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Champion boxer Tyson Fury lifts Railway Sleepers

22 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Champion boxer Tyson Fury is taking on David Haye in an all-British megafight on September 28 and has been training by lifting railway sleepers. Sky caught up with Fury at his training base in Belgium and filmed scenes for the advert that will be aired to promote the fight. Fury was filmed skipping through a Bay Tree nursery, jogging down a disused railway line and lifting railway sleepers above his head.

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London Restaurant's terrace planters with railway sleepers

22 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

London Restaurant's terrace planters with railway sleepers

The Beagle restaurant, bar & coffee shop is beautifully situated within three railway arches near Shoreditch, in London. The outside terrace has been designed with wooden planters & furniture made from old Jarrah railway sleepers, which are untreated hardwood.

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How to build a raised bed with railway sleepers

21 September 2013 / Posted in: Tips & Advice

How to build a raised bed with railway sleepers

How to build a raised bed with railway sleepers. Constructing a raised bed out of railway sleepers is amazingly straightforward. Think lego or wooden building blocks. Very quick & simple, with very little tools needed.

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How to build a raised pond with railway sleepers

21 September 2013 / Posted in: Tips & Advice

How to build a raised pond with railway sleepers

Creating a pond or water feature from railway sleepers adds a whole other dimension to your garden. Water loving plants, fish & frogs, the sound of running water, dreamy reflections etc.. Constructing a raised pond out of railway sleepers is amazingly straightforward. Think lego or wooden building blocks. Very quick & simple, with very little tools needed.

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Massive fire of railway sleepers in yard

20 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Massive fire of railway sleepers in yard

Fire investigations officers have started searching for evidence pointing to what may have sparked a large blaze of railway sleepers at a Nottinghamshire firm. Around 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which started at a Nottingham railway sleeper yard.

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