Grade: Grade 2/3 unused or reject oak or pine railway sleepers and offcuts. Most are several years old, although some pieces will be much older. They are the mixed bag residue of different sizes of oak or pine railway sleepers that have been rejected as seconds or offcuts. SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS ABOVE OF THE VARIOUS PACKS.
Colour: Mainly silver grey on the outside. Various lighter shades on the inside, when cut or planed.
Weight: Individual railway sleepers can weigh between 40kg - 95kg approx.
Treatment: Untreated oak or pressure treated pine
Description: Bargain packs and pallets of older oak or pine railway sleepers and offcuts that have been put on one side with potential cracks, imperfections, twists, rot or insect holes . We have banded together those of a similar'ish size, and sell them as a mixed bag bundle. SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS ABOVE of INDIVIDUAL PACKS
Cutting: Oak is a hardwood railway sleeper that you would not want to cut too many of by hand, unless you were in training for an Iron Man competition. You'll need a circular saw / chainsaw or powered saw to cut these railway sleepers. Start off with a new or sharpened blade, and be prepared to re-sharpen. Pine is much easier to cut.
Attaching / Fixing: Timberlok screws can successfully be used to fasten these reject oak and pine railway sleepers together, although you will definitely need to pre-drill first. Make sure the drill is particularly powerful. Oak timber in particular can be pretty tough!
Size: IMPORTANT. All sizes below are approximate, especially with pallets of offcuts. That means that although a reject pack of railway sleepers is described as 2600mm in length, depth or width it may in fact be quite a few centimetres longer or shorter, thicker or thinner. This is partly due to the fact that when sawmills cut railway sleepers, they don't see them as having to be centimetre accurate in dimension. As it happens, most landscaping projects have an element of flexibility or tolerance in them and can cope with this. If your project needs exact accuracy in length, width or depth, then you may to cut them to your precise specifications yourself, or think of using a different product.
These bargain packs are the rejects and offcuts from batches of oak or pine railway sleepers that we have imported in the last year or so. Obviously these reject 'mixed bag' sleepers are more weathered, cracked, bowed or imperfect than their grade 1 relatives, yet should still be usable for all sorts of projects including landscaping, steps, raised beds, decking, aquatics etc.. as well as internal furniture, lintels, woodturning etc.. Some of them are major weight, so plan for lots of help! SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS ABOVE OF REJECT PACKS
Extra delivery information:
WHAT DELIVERY CHOICES DO I HAVE FOR THESE RAILWAY SLEEPERS ?
You have two options, depending on which delivery option you chose at the checkout stage online, or when you telephone the office.
1) THE CHEAPEST OPTION - STANDARD DELIVERY - CUSTOMER TO OFFLOAD RAILWAY SLEEPERS
This is the cheapest, most popular & efficient means of delivery that covers 100% of the UK.
* YOU can chose any delivery day you want in advance within 2- 4 working days, Mon - Fri, between 9am & 5pm.
* YOU can chose, for a surcharge, a next day delivery or a saturday delivery.
* YOU are responsible for offloading the railway sleepers from the vehicle. The vehicle does NOT have a crane offload. If you do not have a forklift, you MUST have at least 2 or more strong people to manally offload. These timbers are too heavy for one person. The driver is not able to help you offload or carry materials into your house or garden.
One exception! If the railway sleepers are 1.2m or less in length, the lorry driver CAN place the railway sleepers onto the pavement or road using the lorry tail lift and hand pallet truck.
The vehicle is normally a non-artic rigid lorry (carrying approx 10 - 15 tons)
2) THE MORE EXPENSIVE OPTION - PREMIUM DELIVERY - LORRY OFFLOADS RAILWAY SLEEPERS WITH CRANE OR FORKLIFT
This delivery charge is usually more expensive than the Pallet system, but is essential if you order some heavy railway sleepers, without any forklift, or sufficient people to help you offload.
* Your railway sleepers can be offloaded so long as there is sufficient space for the crane or forklift to operate without lifting over vehicles etc...
You must ensure in advance that a lorry has clear access to your property. It is crucial to tell us, when we contact you to arrange delivery, whether there are any delivery problems - e.g. a narrow road, cul de sac, cars parked in front of the property etc... An unsuccesful delivery will incur a further charge, often equal to the original.
IS THERE A MINIMUM ORDER ?
No. It makes no difference. The cost to you is the same whether we deliver 1 railway sleeper or 10 railway sleepers... e.g. if the delivery cost to somewhere in the UK for 20 railway sleepers was for example £99 + Vat, then the delivery for 1 railway sleeper would cost the same. That's because our hauliers charge us according to how many pallets the order takes up, so whether there is 1 railway sleeper on a pallet, or 20 railway sleepers on it, it makes no cost difference!
HOW DO WE WORK OUT THE DELIVERY COST ?
The delivery charge depends on what type of railway sleeper you chose and where you live. If you go online and place the number of railway sleepers you are interested in into the shopping basket, and imput your postcode, the website will calculate the delivery cost according to the number and length of the railway sleepers. If you play around with different lengths of railway sleepers, you will discover that 1.2m ones are the cheapest to have delivered, followed then by any sleeper up to 2.4m in length, and then finally the longer 2.6m, 3m and 3.6m ones. It's all about what space the railway sleepers take up on a lorry, and what the haulage companies then charge us. Lots of different variables ! If you order online, the delivery cost will be worked out automatically by a computer brain. If you order by telephone, the delivery cost will be calculated by a mere human being, who will chat with you whilst working it all out!
UNTREATED RAILWAY SLEEPERS - THE FACTS
Dense, tight grained, oak railway sleepers are completely different to light, softwood railway sleepers which have to be treated with either creosote or pressure treatment to prevent them rotting and collapsing. Hardwood oak railway sleepers are much more durable and naturally longer lasting.
So, untreated railway sleepers are popular with those wanting to keep clear of chemical treatments, or contamination, and wanting to use something that is naturally longer lasting. BUT REMEMBER they are HEAVY!