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These shorter than normal brown treated railway sleepers are extremely popular for a variety of garden and landscaping uses.
As they are freshly sawn, they have straighter edges than reclaimed sleepers, which for stacking purposes (which is needed for retaining walls & raised beds for example) makes them a pragmatic and smart choice.
Being 1.2m - these are ideal for finishing the ends of beds and borders - rather than sawing in half (and having to treat the ends) of a normal-sized sleeper.
We supply screws (see below) to fix these together, and larger Brown treated sleepers also (see below).
Should it be necessary, these softwood sleepers are easy to saw using a chainsaw, circular saw or handsaw. We recommend giving a couple of coats of wood preservative to any cut and exposed ends.
Please note that due to the size of these items, the couriers may require assistance during delivery.
- Raised vegetable & flower beds
- Retaining walls & decorative (enclosure walls)
- Lawn & border edging
- Fencing (often used as upright wall/fence)
- Decks & walkways
- Sandpits for children
- Blockades against pests at the bottom of fencing (chicken coops etc)
- Brown Pressure Treated which ensures a long service life when exposed to the elements. Freshly sawn Spruce, Pine & Larch is dried and vacuum suctioned of any residual moisture to 27%, before being immersed in a large vessel of environmentally friendly treatment chemical (Celcure) which is applied with up to 13 bar of pressure to ensure all sapwood cells receive the treatment. The vessel is then drained and vacuumed to remove any residual chemical, before airing in packs, then shipment on to gardeners and landscapers nationwide.
- Please note that sleepers may vary in size and dimension by 5-10mm, due to weather conditions (temp etc) & multiple/different sawmill supply sizes.
- Timber sourced form sustainably managed supplies.
- Please note, sleepers may be affected in transit/with the courier. Spray paint can be present (we ask this is avoided) on one side of the sleeper. This shouldn't affect the usage of the product - if a side has spray paint, this can be used in a way where the paint is covered/out of sight. We will not replace any sleepers in such a condition - as we cannot garuantee they will be any different.
- Any concerns on the condition of sleepers should be communicated with us ASAP - please DO NOT accept the delivery if you are unable to use the product as planned - they will be returned to us.
- As these Softwood Sleepers are a natural product, waney edges, splits, large splinters and a variety of shades are to be expected. They are full of character and give an environment a rustic but authentic and aesthetically pleasing feel.
- These sleepers are graded for landscaping including gardens, parkland, ponds, back yards, courtyards and raised beds rather than for construction purposes.
Railway Sleeper FAQs:
|How long do railway sleepers last?||Railway sleepers will last for years, with our softwood treated sleepers they can last around 8 to 10 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 20 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.|
Features & benefits:
- Cost effective alternative to hardwood sleepers.
- Perfect for use in conjuction with larger 2.4m sleepers - at the ends of beds/borders.
- Brown Pressure treated to protect against the elements, and naturally fit in aesthetically to a garden or landscape.
- Nationwide rapid delivery.
- Easy to handle compared to larger sleepers.
- Lifespan of 8-10 Years