01 September 2017 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
It's great to see railway sleepers supporting environmentally friendly projects. Solar panels, whether roof or garden based are clearly part of our green future. Of course, understandably, some people may feel that it is a shame that pretty grassy areas and cottage roofs are covered with shiny glass panels. However others will argue that the long term global picture and environmental benefits of alternative energy outweigh such aesthetic concerns.
19 August 2017 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
Such an exciting and impressive creation that is beautifully crafted and wonderfully original. Using old tropical hardwood railway sleepers as building blocks is both effective and remarkably attractive, and bedding the individual railway sleeper pieces on mortar frames each weathered timber piece beautifully.
20 June 2017 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
A really impressive project that brilliantly contrasts the weathered imperfections of old sturdy oak railway sleepers, and the sleek modern lines of black steel industral beams, that together both enclose and support a very contemporary and original building. Very eye catching.
16 December 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
What an amazing location in Guernsey and an equally wonderful project. A stunning restaurant on both accounts, and a stylish use of new railway sleepers that is absolutely in keeping with the gorgeous setting.
13 December 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
Another great project from Nottingham City Homes using reclaimed Azobe railway sleepers. I hope they are equally successful with this fantastic project as they were with their last one, winning the National Local Authority Building Control award for Best Social Housing Development of the year. It's an excellently designed use of tropical hardwood railway sleepers, to provide a huge boundary wall with a wonderful finish, that deserves every accolade. See more photos:
01 October 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
Not only a wonderfully constructed project but also a comprehensive and impressive collection of photos. Meticulous craftmanship is documented as the railway sleeper raised beds are built, and then framed with intricate brick pathways. A lovely piece of work and a fantastic addition to their garden.
10 September 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
Ian Willetts excellent stage by stage photos and description of his impressive railway sleeper raised pond. He has every reason to feel really pleased about his creation, especially after such a tough journey. It's hard to keep momentum going sometimes, but even more satisfying when you finally reach the end! A great feat and a fantastic pond.
24 June 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
How can such a barrel fail to bring a smile to one's lips! It's like a tiny hobbit house. A magical dwelling for fairy creatures! What makes it all the more amazing is that somehow in Krakow it feels very normal. It seems to fit there perfectly amongst the medieval houses, as though everyone should live in barrels! Krakow is a beautiful city in Southern Poland that has an unforgettable medieval centre and Jewish quarter. In the beautiful market squares, amidst the bustling stalls of food, clothes and crafts, you can find these huge barrels that have been converted to sell food and drink.
09 April 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
A young man from Rush, near Dublin, fell asleep on a railway track and narrowly escaped certain death thanks to a train driver who managed to slam on the emergency breaks before hitting him. He was ordered by Judge Dempsey from Balbriggan District Court to pay 150 euros to the Samaritans.
Eric Rogan, aged 22, had taken the wrong bus home after a 'session' with friends, and thought the quickest way to get home was to walk along the railway tracks. He was spotted lying asleep on the railway tracks at 12.20am by the train driver who managed to stop the train by applying the emergency brakes.
24 March 2016 / Posted in: Railway Sleeper News
A stone railway sleeper which was part of one of the world’s first inter city train lines has been moved to a new home outside Tring museum after more than 170 years.
It was one of 160,000 tonnes of stone railway sleepers used to build the first railway line from London to Birmingham in Victorian times.
A few years after the railway line opened in 1838, engineers realised that these square stone railway sleepers were too rigid, created excessive vibration and could not cope with the heavy steam trains, so they replaced them with wooden railway sleepers – making the stones ones useless.
Many of them ended up in gardens or country estates but moving these stone railway sleepers – which weighed the equivalent of a third of a tonne – was no mean feat, and the museum drafted in six eager RAF trainees from Halton.