- Delivery between 2 to 4 days once your order has been placed.
- Click & Collect available
- 30 day returns policy
PLEASE NOTE: Timber orders require 2 people to assist offloading
Timber Railway Sleepers are pressure treated softwood, to ensure a long life whilst exposed to the elements.
This pack of 36 sleepers is designed to maximise the shipping delivery cost savings by utilising a wholesale pallet in one delivery.
Sleepers can be used for a variety of uses in gardens and landscapes.
- Raised Vegetable, Herb and Flower Beds in a Kitchen Garden
- Retaining Walls
- Paths + Driveway Edging
- Lawn and Border Edging
- Patios, Pavers and Pegolas
- Garden Furniture including Benches, Chairs + Tables
- Decking, Cladding, Terraces and Walkways
- Steps for undulating ground levels
- Bars and Creative Outdoor Space Designs
- Upright Solid Fencing/Walls to Neighbours
- Sandpits for Children
We don't recommend our sleepers are used in such a way without prior professional advice, but we know that one customer has even used our railway sleepers to create a swimming pool!
Traditional Brown Treated Softwood Railway Sleepers are large, sawn cut rectangle sleepers. These beautiful, freshly sawn sleepers have straighter edges than reclaimed timber sleepers which makes them easier to stack.
These railway sleepers are brown tanalised treated, which is a treatment that ensures a deep penetration of the wood preservative into the timber cells. This provides long-lasting protection against fungal decay, insect attack and rotting caused by water for up to 15 years. Tanalised wood has a brown colouration initially which will fade to a honey brown and finally to a silvery grey. However, if you would prefer, these sleepers can be easily stained to suit your needs.
It is possible to cut the sleepers using a circular saw, chainsaw or a handsaw - please bear in mind that any newly exposed cut surfaces will need treating with a wood preservative.
Please note that due to the size of these items, the couriers may require assistance handballing sleepers off a load during delivery.
By buying in bulk, you can make good savings by filling a pallet. Wholesale sleeper supply ensures the lowest possible delivered price per sleeper.
For orders over 960 sleepers, please call for a custom quote.
Our softwood sleepers pair brilliantly with our:
- Timber Railway Sleeper Screws
- Wafer-Head Timber Sleeper Screws
- Black Railway Sleeper Screws
- Magnetic Timco Hex Socket Driver Bit
- Flat Sleeper Connector Plates
- Angle Sleeper Brackets
- Concrete-In Sleeper Post
Brown Tanalised Treatment is the state of the art way of treating timber to ensure it has a long life when exposed to the elements and the nature's destructive forces, such as insects + fungi.
Timber is freshly sawn by the mill, and left to dry out. When the moisture content is low enough, the sleepers are then submerged in green tanatone chemical, which starts to soak into the sapwood (the outer soft wood of the tree trunk). The tank the timber lies in is then pressurised to force the chemical further into the wood.
After this, the tank is then vacumed, to pull the chemical out of the now treated wood, which is then left to dry before continuing to it's next use... whether it is a raised vegetable bed, lawn border edging, or a garden table for some friends to gather around for sunset cocktails/beers!
The best part of the whole process, is that the sleeper will last many years as a useful piece of nature, and then can be burnt for energy, all while more trees have been planted in it's place.
Some sleepers may be split, or suffer from cracks, waney edges, splinters and have spray paint from mills/docks. Dents and damage may also occur with the courier. We aim for this not to happen, but cannot guarantee this will be the case. We are unable to replace sleepers in such a state and encourage customers to use what they can.
These are an incredible value and are perfect for landscaping purposes, but not recommended for construction unless approved by a qualified expert.
Railway Sleeper FAQs:
|How long do railway sleepers last?||Railway sleepers will last for years, with our softwood treated sleepers they can last around 20 to 30 years due to the pressurised treatment. If they are untreated they will still last around two to five years, whilst Oak sleepers will last for 30+ years.|
|What should I bed railway sleepers on?||To get the best out of you railway sleepers the ground they are laid on should be flat and stable. Due to the weight of the sleepers, they can mostly be put straight onto the concrete or soil you wish to have them on.|
|How do you fix sleepers together?||Railway Sleepers are known to shrink over time so securing them tight is very important. The best thing to use are railway sleeper specific screws. These may need to be changed over a few years to keep them as secure as possible.|
|How do you stop sleepers from rotting?||To keep your Oak sleepers in the best conditions, you should treat them with exterior wood oil to protect them from all weather conditions. This should be done around twice a year to keep the wood in the best condition possible. The treatment chemical for treated softwood sleepers should prevent any rot without the need for extra treatment.|
|What are the best railway sleepers?||There are a few kinds of sleepers available to the public. New sleepers can last a lot longer than used or reclaimed ones. Oak sleepers last the longest and weather the least but can be pricey. Treated softwood sleepers can be a great replacement. Charred brushwood sleepers will also last a long time, and are the Rolls Royce of the collection, due to their size and beautiful finish.|
|How heavy is a railway sleeper?||Depending on what the sleeper is made out of it can change the weight of it. Oak is heavier than a softwood sleeper but on average they weigh between 30-50kg making them much easier to use than their concrete counterparts. Treated softwood sleepers generally weigh between 20-35kg. If weather has been wet, then they will weigh more than in the heat of summer when the moisture content will be less.|
|Can you cut railway sleepers?||To get the best cut on a railway sleeper you need to make small straight cuts with either a circular saw or a chainsaw. This can be easy to do to make sure that they fit together nicely to make flower beds. Cutting a treated softwood sleeper however will expose the untreated center of it, meaning a coat of wood preservative would be recommended on the exposed ends.|
|Do hardwood sleepers need treating?||Hardwood sleepers (Oak) will last a lot longer than softwood sleepers without being treated. To keep your hardwood sleepers looking as good as the day you brought them you should treat them with oils (such as linseed), finishes or varnishes occasionally to keep them aesthetically sound.|
|How do you fix railway sleepers to the ground?||Due to their weight railways, sleepers can be placed on a flat surface and will be ok. If you are making a flower bed out of the sleepers you can drop them into the ground 5cm to keep them even more secure.|
|Do railway sleepers rot?||Softwood sleepers can rot over time due to weather but hardwood sleepers take much longer to. To combat this we treat the softwood sleepers under high pressure to let the softwood absorb the chemical which keeps rot and decay at bay.|
We deliver to the following areas in England, as well as all areas of Scotland, Wales + Northern Ireland.
We Supply Rapid Delivery across the following areas:
Districts: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton
Districts: West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough
City of Bristol
Districts: South Bucks, Chiltern, Wycombe, Aylesbury Vale, Borough of Milton Keynes
Districts: Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Fenland, East Cambridgeshire, Peterborough
Districts: Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington, Halton
City of London
Districts: London postcodes of EC, WC & E1
Districts: Cornwall, Isles of Scilly
Districts: Borough of Barrow-in-Furness, District of South Lakeland, Borough of Copeland, Borough of Allerdale, District of Eden, City of Carlisle
Districts: High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire, Erewash, Amber Valley, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover, Derby
Districts: Exeter, East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, Torridge, West Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Plymouth, Torbay
Districts: Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole
Districts: County Durham, Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees
East Riding of Yorkshire
Districts: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull
Districts: Hastings, Rother, Wealden, Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton & Hove
Districts: Harlow, Epping Forest, Brentwood, Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, Maldon, Chelmsford, Uttlesford, Braintree, Colchester, Tendring, Thurrock, Southend-on-Sea
Districts: Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Cotswold, Stroud, Forest of Dean, South Gloucestershire
Districts: Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Salford, Trafford
Districts: Gosport, Fareham, Winchester, Havant, East Hampshire, Hart, Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Deane, Test Valley, Eastleigh, New Forest, Southampton, Portsmouth
Districts: Three Rivers, Watford, Hertsmere, Welwyn Hatfield, Broxbourne, East Hertfordshire, Stevenage, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Dacorum
Isle of Wight
Districts: Sevenoaks, Dartford, Gravesham, Tonbridge and Malling, Medway, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Swale, Ashford, Canterbury, Shepway, Thanet, Dover
Districts: West Lancashire, Chorley, South Ribble, Fylde, Preston, Wyre, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen
Districts: Charnwood, Melton, Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, Blaby, Hinckley and Bosworth, North West Leicestershire, Leicester
Districts: Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Kesteven, South Holland, Boston, East Lindsey, West Lindsey, North Lincolnshire, North East, Lincolnshire
Districts: Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral
Districts: Norwich, South Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, Broadland, North Norfolk, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland
Districts: Selby, Borough of Harrogate, Craven, Richmondshire, Hambleton, Ryedale, Borough of Scarborough, City of York, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees south of the Tees)
Districts: South Northamptonshire, Northampton, Daventry, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, East Northamptonshire
Districts: Rushcliffe, Broxtowe, Ashfield, Gedling, Newark and Sherwood, Mansfield, Bassetlaw, Nottingham
Districts: Oxford, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire
Districts: Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin
Districts: South Somerset, Taunton Deane, West Somerset, Sedgemoor, Mendip, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset
Districts: Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley
Districts: Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire Moorlands, East Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent
Districts: Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney, Mid Suffolk, Babergh, St Edmundsbury, Forest Heath
Districts: Spelthorne, Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Woking, Elmbridge, Guildford, Waverley, Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge
Tyne and Wear
Districts: Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland
Districts: North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick
Districts: City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, City of Birmingham, Solihull, City of Coventry
Districts: Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex, Adur
Districts: Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford
Districts: Wiltshire Council, Swindon
Districts: Worcester, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wychavon
Features & benefits:
- 36 is the maximum number of sleepers possible on a pallet - meaning minimal cost of shipping each unit.
- Brown Tanalised Treament (pressure treatment) ensures a long life outdoors.
- Sourced responsibly from FSC + equivilent accredited timber mills.
- Rapid UK nationwide delivery.
- Easy to use in a variety of applications.
- Suregreen's most popular product.
- Timber grown in northern European countries where cold winters ensure trees grow strong and healthy - we focus on excellence in quality when selecting timber.