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Boy badly injured by railway sleepers

21 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

A Sheffield boy was badly hurt by a broken Railway Sleeper Fence. Bailey cut his leg on a fence made of railway sleepers near his home in Westfield. The schoolboy who was out playing with a friend needed nineteen stitches after ripping open his thigh on a wooden fence made from railway sleepers - which his mum Kirsty says is in desperate need of repair.

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100 railway sleepers stolen from station

20 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

100 railway sleepers stolen from station

Railway sleepers valued at £2,000 were stolen from Tain railway station. Inverness police warn: "If you are offered Railway Sleepers from an unusual source I would ask you to immediately contact British Transport Police."

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Fighting railway sleeper warriors

05 August 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

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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Network to recycle rubbish into railway sleepers

28 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Network Rail to recycle rubbish into railway sleepers. Material from old car bumpers and plastic bottles will replace timber railway sleepers in trial on slower lines. Britain's railways are turning to recycled plastic in a trial of environmentally friendly railway sleepers. Network Rail is to fit up to 250 of the green railway sleepers, made from old car bumpers and plastic bottles, on the network this summer. The material will replace traditional timber railway sleepers, which are ...

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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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Danger! Exploding railway sleepers!

26 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Railway Sleepers Could Explode! THIEVES who raided an engineering yard in Bedworth have been warned by police: "The stolen railway sleepers could kill you!". The strong-armed raiders stole 50 wooden railway sleepers fitted with special compressed air units. Police today issued an urgent safety appeal, warning the culprits that they are risking serious injury - or even death - if they tamper with the railway sleepers.

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Concrete Railway Sleepers endanger future of railway sleeper cutters

26 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Concrete Railway Sleepers endanger future of railway sleeper cutters

Concrete threatens future of railway sleeper cutters. The national Australian program to replace timber railway sleepers with concrete ones has attracted some controversy. Despite this, the railway sleeper replacement program is going full steam ahead, and the Federal Government expects a third of all interstate lines will be converted over the next four years. But what does this mean for the people who source and cut timber railway sleepers?

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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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Axed railway sleeper cutters fighting back

25 July 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Axed railway sleeper cutters fighting back. MORE than 30 railway sleeper cutters from around the region gathered in Rosedale yesterday to fight back against Queensland Rail’s tender process changes.

The meeting resulted in the formation of a small delegation that plans to meet senior politicians and administrators.
Many railway timber cutters in the region were taken by surprise when a tender notice appeared in the News Mail recently calling for the supply of railway sleepers and other timber products. Member for Burnett Rob Messenger, who hosted the meeting, said the 32 sleeper railway cutters who attended would lose their jobs if QR continued down this path.
“We can save railway sleeper cutters jobs,” he said. “This government must commit to scrapping the new tendering system and restoring the contract and quota system, which has worked and served the environment and people of Queensland for more than 40 years.”

Mr. Messenger said he believed there were about 56 official railway sleeper cutters in Queensland and 32 of those showed up to the meeting. “We have decided a delegation of three will meet with the transport minister, QR and Campbell Newman to discuss this,” he said.

Owen Williamson is a third-generation railway sleeper cutter who has been doing the same job for 34 years and said that, without the QR tenders, his business would not survive. “I got my first (QR) order about 28 years ago and before that I was working for my father, who had orders,” he said. “We really just want our orders reinstated. “I believe they could have sorted this out a hell of a lot easier.”

Mr. Williamson, of Yandaran, said he and the other railway sleeper cutters had been “left in the lurch”. “None of us could have put in a tender,” he said. “They told us to put in a non-compliant tender but what’s the point? “They told us to do that a week after the tender process closed.” Mr. Williamson said he was just one of many railway sleeper cutters who had come from a long line of cutters. “A lot of these guys have been doing this all their lives,” he said. “They’ve got a long history as railway sleeper cutters. “Instead they’ve gone for the big players.”

Mr. Williamson said he expected the delegation to travel to Brisbane next week to meet with anyone who could make a difference to their fate.
 

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