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Railway Sleepers

Things have moved on in the sleeper market from the days when the only option was massive UK sourced reclaimed sleepers completely covered with tar that had very limited usage options. We are now able to offer an extensive range of new Softwood and Oak railway sleepers sourced from the UK and Canada as well as excellent quality European reclaimed sleepers. If you are interested in discovering more about our range of new and reclaimed garden sleepers and their availability near you, please take a browse below or contact your local depot to find out more.

Key Features of Railway Sleepers

Natural Aesthetics: The organic look of timber sleepers effortlessly blends into the outdoor environment, creating a harmonious and stylish look for your garden.

Durability: A lot of our railway sleepers are pressure treated and tanalized which gives them maximum protection from rot and decay. Some railway sleepers can last up to 25 years.

Easy to work with: The versatility of timber sleepers allows for various landscaping applications and an array of design ideas. Ideal for both construction and decorative purposes, their ease of use and simple installation methods make them suitable for DIY projects and professional installations alike.

FAQs about Railway Sleepers

Can I stain or paint my wooden railway sleepers?

Yes, you can stain or paint your railway sleepers to match your desired aesthetic. However, keep in mind that paint may require more maintenance over time due to peeling and chipping, while stains or natural finishes can enhance the woods appearance and may require less maintenance.

Are there different sizes available for wooden railway sleepers?

Yes, railway sleepers come in various sizes. Here are some the most common sizes that we offer.

For tanalised softwood sleepers:

  • 100x100x2400 mm
  • 200x100x1200 mm
  • 200x100x2400 mm

For reclaimed grade railway sleepers:

  • 250x150x2600 mm

For new Canadian oak railways sleepers:

    • 200x100x2200 mm
    • 200x150x2200 mm

    Are there any environmental concerns related to using wooden railway sleepers?

    All of our Railway Sleepers are sustainably sourced from suppliers in the UK and Canada and will have no long term Enviromental impact. If you want to minimize the environmental impact, then we recommend using locally sourced reclaimed wooden railway sleepers.

    Can I use railway sleepers for my vegetable garden?

    For vegetable gardens, it’s best to use new oak and treated softwood sleepers. However, reclaimed sleepers have been used for decades to build raised beds in gardens across the UK. To ensure suitability, it's imperative to confirm the absence of creosote, oil, or tar within the sleepers. Consequently, it's advisable to steer clear of reclaimed sleepers for this particular application.

    What is the average lifespan of railway sleepers

    Treated softwood sleepers (tanalised, not simply dipped) have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, which makes a great balance between durability and cost-effectiveness.

    In contrast, new oak sleepers have a more extended lifespan ranging from 10 to 20 years, providing a robust and enduring option for various applications.

    For those seeking both sustainability and longevity, reclaimed hardwood sleepers stand out, lasting from 15 to 25 years.

    It's important to note that the duration of these lifespans is significantly affected by the quality of the timber installed and the characteristics of the terrain. It's recommended to meticulously choose sleepers, but the good news is that we will assist you in making the best decision.

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