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Karen's bank holiday project - painted railway sleeper raised beds

29 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Karen's bank holiday project - painted railway sleeper raised beds

Many thanks to Karen for sharing both her fine collection of photographs and her written commentary that perfectly documents the different stages of the construction of her raised beds. Most people tend to leave railway sleepers as they are, to gradually weather and bleach in the sun, but Karen decided to paint her railway sleepers which has made such a visual and creative difference. They look really attractive and a perfect raised bed in which her moved plants can thrive.    
https://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/raised-beds-with-railway-sleepers/karens-painted-new-railway-sleeper-raised-beds

 

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Robert's impressive oak railway sleeper raised beds

23 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Robert's impressive oak railway sleeper raised beds

A really excellent set of photos showing the different practical stages Robert went through in the construction of his impressive oak garden beds. What it doesn't show is the equally admirable hard graft he clearly went through, including the impressive fact that he collected, manually loaded and then carried 27 of these very heavy oak railway sleepers into his garden, with the praiseworthy help of his son. All credit to them both. 
https://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/raised-beds-with-railway-sleepers/robert-volpes-new-oak-railway-sleeper-raised-beds

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JO'S BEAUTIFUL RAILWAY SLEEPER RAISED FLOWER BEDS

19 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

JO'S BEAUTIFUL RAILWAY SLEEPER RAISED FLOWER BEDS

What a great accomplishment, and even more impressive in the restrictive shadow of the covid pandemic. Jo's beautifully constructed and designed railway sleeper raised beds have transformed their garden, and created a perfect setting for a backdrop of gorgeous flowers and plants all the way around their house. Amidst the gloom, something definitely to celebrate!
https://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/retaining-walls-with-railway-sleepers/jos-beautiful-raised-flower-beds-using-new-pine-railway-sleepers

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JOHN'S REPLACEMENT OF RAILWAY SLEEPER STEPS. HARD WORK!

16 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

JOHN'S REPLACEMENT OF RAILWAY SLEEPER STEPS. HARD WORK!

Many thanks to John for his kind words, photos and useful description of his project. Removing some old rotten railway sleeper steps and replacing them with eight 'new' hardwood oak ones seems very easy on paper, but in reality it is a tough undertaking. Lifting the heavy railway sleepers up a slope is always an ordeal, and then chainsawing the hardwood oak to size is by no means easy. Add to that the slicing up and carrying away of the old railway sleepers, and you've got a pretty back-breaking undertaking. All credit to him.
https://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/steps-with-railway-sleepers/johns-removal-of-old-railway-sleeper-steps-and-replacement-with-dutch-oak   

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SMALL & WINDPROOF RAILWAY SLEEPERS. When a doorstop outlasts the door!

15 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

SMALL & WINDPROOF RAILWAY SLEEPERS. When a doorstop outlasts the door!

Paul's wind resistant creation from what he termed 'the smallest railway sleeper order ever'. It's obviously true what they say about good things coming in small packages! A substantial chunky doorstop. What a great use of an old piece of weathered tropical hardwood railway sleeper, that will no doubt outlast the very door itself. It certainly won't get blown over! 
https://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/art-projects-with-railway-sleepers/small-and-windproof-railway-sleepers-when-a-doorstop-outlasts-the-door
 

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GEDLING'S HILL OF DEATH. A PARADISE FOR RAILWAY SLEEPERS!

14 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

GEDLING'S HILL OF DEATH. A PARADISE FOR RAILWAY SLEEPERS!
Gedling Borough Council in Nottingham is spectacularly hilly with stunning views of the countryside, and is full of 1000's of houses build with sloping gardens and drives. This inevitably leads to hundreds of retaining walls of which many are built from new and used railway sleepers. It is also home to Freda Avenue, which has been nicknamed 'Death Hill' by cyclists on Strava, and is apparently 25% (although the council optimistically term it 20%) The torturous climb has been achieved by 249 cyclists registered on Strava, (an unbelievable 29 seconds is the fastest time) although there is no record of those who've failed or fallen off!
Digging a trench for vertically placed new railway sleepers can be pretty tough, but clearly not as energetic or demanding as walking or cycling up these hills in Gedling, let alone in the snow and ice. Mind you, it's a driving instructor's dream (or nightmare) for students practicing a hillstart!
 

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'GRANNY'S GARDEN'. VIKKI & REUBEN'S RAILWAY SLEEPER RAISED BEDS

10 September 2020 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

'GRANNY'S GARDEN'. VIKKI & REUBEN'S RAILWAY SLEEPER RAISED BEDS

Thank you to Vicki and Reuben for their excellent photos and description of the transformation of their garden into impressive railway sleeper raised beds. It's great to see their journey unfolding from the arrival and offloading of their railway sleepers, to the construction and final planting up of the raised beds. It's definitely a big advantage to create a railway sleeper project without any cutting! We wish them all the best in the growing of their fruit and veg, especially knowing that their Granny would have been thrilled.
https://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/raised-beds-with-railway-sleepers/grannys-garden-vikki-reubens-railway-sleeper-raised-beds

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