I’d thoughts I’d send you what we have done thus far in our project when using your railway sleepers.
Project Concept and Build
The garden had been extensively landscaped about 10 years ago but using decking which had since rotted from underneath. Additionally we live in an area with a huge amount of leave drop in the Autumn and the garden wasn’t that great for clearing the leaves. Therefore we decided to remove some garden buildings that were on top of the decking, all of the decking and remodel the majority of the garden. All of the work has been done by ourselves and whilst the project isn’t yet finished we are a long way forward.
We started the project in Jan and had to drop in the majority of 3 metre oak railway sleepers during heavy rain and the site became an absolute quagmire of mud as you can see from the pictures. We actually managed to use only two people when dropping in the majority of railway sleepers by utilising a 2-tonne digger and tracked barrow. We had tried moving the railway sleepers by pure human force using 3 people but when every step you take means you’re stuck in calf deep mud we quickly came to realise that this was not the best way to do things!
We have put both gravel and shingle behind the railway sleeper wall from bottom to top as well as French Drains to aid drainage as well as leaving small gaps in between each railway sleeper to both aid drainage and allow for expansion in the winter.
As we progress we are going to add-in steps made out of oak railway sleepers and also a large paved patio area shuttered using more railway sleepers.
We call our large wall the Great Railway Sleeper Wall of Crawley and we’re very proud of it!
RAILWAY SLEEPERS USED
New 3m x 220mm x 130mm oak railway sleepers
New 2.4m x 220mm x 130mm oak railway sleepers
New 1.2m x 220mm x 130mm oak railway sleepers
The infamous Great Railway Sleeper Wall of Crawley! They can even see the mud from outerspace! What an astonishing feat of determination and graft against all the odds. Most people would have given up or abbandoned the project as impossible. What a recipe for potential disaster. Take tons of heavy oak railway sleepers. Add unbelievable rivers of mud. Attempt to dig huge holes that you can almost disappear into. And come out alive! All credit to you all. You have created a wonderfully landscaped garden and summer house, and amazing memories to go with it.