Grade: Grade 2/3 unused or reject used railway sleepers and offcuts. They are the mixed bag residue of different sizes of used railway sleepers that have been rejected as seconds or offcuts. SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS ABOVE OF THE VARIOUS PACKS.
Colour: Variety of colours on the outside. Various lighter shades on the inside, when cut or planed.
Weight: Individual railway sleepers can weigh between 40kg - 95kg approx.
Treatment: Used railway sleepers are untreated tropical hardwood or creosote treated oak or pine.
Description: Bargain packs and pallets of unused 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: Hardwood railway sleepers are not ones that you would 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 railway sleepers together, although you will definitely need to pre-drill first. Make sure the drill is particularly powerful. Oak and hardwood 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, or 250mm depth or 100mm 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 used railway sleepers that we have arrived 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
Important information about your used railway sleepers
Reclaimed railway sleepers have been practically used for many decades out in the open to support train tracks. Naturally, they have been weathered by the wind, rain, sun and snow, and also can be have residues of grime, dirt, or oil from the trains that have passed or stopped over them. This is simply the obvious consequence of using authentic and historical railway sleepers. Having spent 30 - 60 years on a railway track, they may also have the rustic signs of cracks, loose bits, and 'character' with occasional areas of crumbly softness or decay. Most landscapers install them in the garden, and simply allow the rain and snow to clean them up. Others may choose to jet wash them, especially if they want to sit on them. If you visit our projects pages, you will see thousands of landscaping projects that have used reclaimed railway sleepers, recently taken from the railways.
Historically, railway sleepers never had to be exact in length or width for their purpose on the railway track, and so the sawmills were fairly ‘give or take’ in the timbers they produced. Hence all sizes were approximate. That means that although a railway sleeper may be described as approximately 2600mm in length, or 300mm in width, or 125mm in depth it may in fact be several centimetres (or inches) longer or shorter, thicker or thinner. As it happens, most landscaping projects have an element of flexibility or tolerance in them and can cope with this. However if a specific project needs exact accuracy in length, width or depth then a landscaper may need to either cut the railway sleeper to their precise specifications, or think of using a different size or type of railway sleeper that is more accurate, e.g. the new pine ones.