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200 year old railway sleepers discovered!

13 October 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

200 year old railway sleepers discovered!

Archaeologist Richard Carlton said These wooden railway sleepers were part of a major main line in the late 18th century which probably carried a train of horse and coal-filled cart every minute. It would have been a disaster if the railway had been lost. This is the railway which gave the standard gauge to the world and its loss would have been an international tragedy. The railways are the greatest gift the North East has given to the world."

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Pilgrim sculpture from used oak railway sleepers

09 October 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Pilgrim sculpture from used oak railway sleepers

An incredible 14ft sculpture made from recycled railway sleepers, called 'Pilgrim' - by Glenn Morris. Glenn was invited to create an outdoor sculpture for an ancient Abbey in the heart of Wales, dating back to the 12th century. Glenn was one of 9 sculptors invited to give a sculptural response to the historic site and whose work was placed within the Abbey grounds.

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Alice Station B & B with railway sleepers

26 September 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Alice Station B & B with railway sleepers

For years, it's been a unique and beautiful place to stay, with stunning surroundings, fabulous wildlife, and incredible use of railway sleepers. Amazing all round! However things are changing. Deb the owner has written: "Everyone is fascinated by our home. The architect designed house, constructed of recycled Ghan railway sleepers is unique in Alice Springs. The interior is modern, comfortable and tastefully decorated, but the railway sleepers .....

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Champion boxer Tyson Fury lifts Railway Sleepers

22 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Champion boxer Tyson Fury lifts Railway Sleepers

Champion boxer Tyson Fury is taking on David Haye in an all-British megafight on September 28 and has been training by lifting railway sleepers. Sky caught up with Fury at his training base in Belgium and filmed scenes for the advert that will be aired to promote the fight. Fury was filmed skipping through a Bay Tree nursery, jogging down a disused railway line and lifting railway sleepers above his head.

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London Restaurant's terrace planters with railway sleepers

22 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

London Restaurant's terrace planters with railway sleepers

The Beagle restaurant, bar & coffee shop is beautifully situated within three railway arches near Shoreditch, in London. The outside terrace has been designed with wooden planters & furniture made from old Jarrah railway sleepers, which are untreated hardwood.

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How to build a raised bed with railway sleepers

21 September 2013 / Posted in: Tips & Advice

How to build a raised bed with railway sleepers

How to build a raised bed with railway sleepers. Constructing a raised bed out of railway sleepers is amazingly straightforward. Think lego or wooden building blocks. Very quick & simple, with very little tools needed.

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How to build a raised pond with railway sleepers

21 September 2013 / Posted in: Tips & Advice

How to build a raised pond with railway sleepers

Creating a pond or water feature from railway sleepers adds a whole other dimension to your garden. Water loving plants, fish & frogs, the sound of running water, dreamy reflections etc.. Constructing a raised pond out of railway sleepers is amazingly straightforward. Think lego or wooden building blocks. Very quick & simple, with very little tools needed.

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Massive fire of railway sleepers in yard

20 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Massive fire of railway sleepers in yard

Fire investigations officers have started searching for evidence pointing to what may have sparked a large blaze of railway sleepers at a Nottinghamshire firm. Around 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which started at a Nottingham railway sleeper yard.

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Train derailed by theft of railway sleepers

19 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News

Train derailed by theft of railway sleepers

A steam train carrying 627 people derailed in South Africa after thieves stole railway sleepers. The restored train was substantially damaged. Railway sleepers fasten the rails to the track bed. Without railway sleepers, the rails would spread and topple under the weight of a train which is what happened here.

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Amazing photo of railway sleepers from the past

15 September 2013 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper Stories

Amazing photo of railway sleepers from the past

An incredible 1930's picture! This picture was taken in Hayes, Middlesex, in the Great Western Railway Sleeper creosoting works. The caption simply read 'railway sleepers are stacked and 'steps' are left in this fashion so that men can reach the top.' An age of massive railway expansion, in which our health and safety concerns had yet to arrive!

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