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questions about railway sleeper deliveries

Frequently Asked Questions about our Deliveries of Railway Sleepers

Where in the UK do we deliver railway sleepers to?
What vehicles do we use for delivering railway sleepers?
Do I have to offload my railway sleepers?
What about access for my delivery of railway sleepers?
Is there a minimum order of railway sleepers?
How do we work out the delivery cost of railway sleepers?
Can I collect my railway sleepers from you?
Can you deliver railway sleepers abroad?
Can you deliver railway sleepers to outer space?
What are your delivery terms and conditions?

WHERE IN THE UK DO WE DELIVER RAILWAY SLEEPERS TO ?

We can generally deliver anywhere in the UK, including most islands and islolated boggy bits. 

WHAT VEHICLES DO WE USE FOR DELIVERING RAILWAY SLEEPERS ?

We use a collection of vehicles, ranging from large artics, to smaller 'curtain side' rigid pallet lorries, and small 4WD vehicles with trailer. Some require the customer to offload, whereas others have cranes or forklifts attached.

DO I HAVE TO OFFLOAD MY RAILWAY SLEEPERS ?

It depends on which delivery system you chose when you place your order. If you chose the cheaper standard delivery option you are responsible for offloading the railway sleepers yourself by forklift or by hand. If you chose the more expensive premium delivery then your railway sleepers are offloaded for you by the vehicle's crane or forklift. So, which deliveries need offloading?

YES !  STANDARD DELIVERY  The Pallett Network
 This is the most efficient popular means of delivery that generally covers 100% of the UK, and is great if you can get someone to help you offload.
 * You can CHOSE any delivery day you want in advance within 2- 3 working days, Mon - Fri, between 9am & 5pm. 
 * Next day deliveries, Timed deliveries & Saturday deliveries CAN be arranged, with a surcharge.
* YOU are responsible for offloading the railway sleepers or materials from the vehicle. The vehicle does NOT have a crane offload.
* You MUST have at least 2 or more strong'ish people to manally offload. These railway sleepers are too heavy for one person.
* The driver is unfortunately not able to help you offload or carry railway sleepers or other products into your house or garden.
One exception! If the railway sleepers or poles are 1.2m or less in length, the lorry driver CAN place the railway sleepers onto the pavement or road using the lorry tail lift and hand palletruck.

YES!  STANDARD DELIVERY Artic or flat back lorry
This is normally the most economic way of delivering large loads of railway sleepers, e.g. 200 - 500, from our Nottingham yard. You can can normally chose the delivery day that you want.  You are responsible for offloading the railway sleepers from the lorry with a forklift that can lift at least 2 tons.
Your order is either delivered on a non-artic rigid lorry (carrying approx 10 - 15 tons depending on vehicle) or an artic lorry (carrying approx 26 - 28 tons).

NO!  PREMIUM DELIVERY Lorry with crane, or forklift
These vehicles can offload themselves with hiab crane, grab, or moffett forklift.
The delivery charge is usually more expensive than the Pallet system, but is essential if you order some heavy railway sleepers, without anyone to help you offload. Your order can be crane-offloaded so long as there is space for the crane to operate without lifting over vehicles etc..You must ensure in advance that there is access space for the lorry to operate.

NO!  TRAILER DELIVERY  4 Wheel Drive vehicle and trailer
This is only for local loads in the East Midlands of up to 2.5 tonnes (about 32 pine sleepers or 20 hardwood railway sleepers). We use a 4 wheel drive vehicle & trailer which which should be able to access most roads & backed onto most drives. If no help is available, the driver will hand offload the sleepers onto a space directly next to the trailer (within 6 ft).  We cannot carry things further than that (i.e. into the back garden). Help will be required with large, heavier numbers. Occasionally at drivers discretion, if we're not in a hurry, and offered a strong pair of hands, we may agree to carry the railway sleepers a very short distance.

WHAT ABOUT ACCESS FOR MY DELIVERY OF RAILWAY SLEEPERS?

You must ensure in advance that a lorry has clear access to your property. It is crucial to tell us, when you order, whether there are any delivery problems - e.g. a narrow road, cul de sac, cars parked in front of the property etc.. An unsuccesful delivery will incur a further charge.

IS THERE A MINIMUM ORDER OF RAILWAY SLEEPERS ?

No. It makes no difference. The cost to you is the same whether we deliver 1 of something or 10 of something... e.g. if the delivery cost for 20 railway sleepers to somewhere in the UK was for example £99 + Vat, then the delivery for 1 railway sleeper would cost the same. That's because our hauliers charge us according to how many pallets the order takes up, so whether there is 1 railway sleeper on a pallet, or 20 railway sleepers on it, it makes no difference! 

HOW DO WE WORK OUT THE DELIVERY COST OF RAILWAY SLEEPERS?

The delivery charge depends on what type of railway sleeper you chose, how many, and where you live. If you go online and place the number of railway sleepers you are interested in into the shopping basket, and imput your postcode, the website will calculate the delivery cost according to the number and length of the railway sleepers. If you play around with different lengths of railway sleepers, you will discover that 1.2m ones are the cheapest to have delivered, followed then by any sleeper up to 2.4m in length, and then finally the longer 2.6m, 3m and 3.6m ones. It's all about what space the railway sleepers take up on a lorry, and what the haulage companies then charge us.  Lots of different variables ! If you order online, the delivery cost will be worked out automatically by a computer brain. If you order by telephone, the delivery cost will be calculated by a mere human being, who will chat with you whilst working it all out!

CAN I COLLECT MY RAILWAY SLEEPERS FROM YOU ?

YES. Please ring us first to confirm an time to visit us or collect something. 0115 9890445. 
Several people have made the journey to us, out of opening hours, and have been disappointed to find nobody here to help them. Please contact us first, to confirm a visiting time. We're flexible,
MON - FRI (9.00 - 4.00) & SAT AM (9.00 - 12.00)
Of course, it helps to be REALISTIC about the size of your car or vehicle    
CLICK for further details  OVERLOAD!!

CAN YOU DELIVER RAILWAY SLEEPERS ABROAD?

DELIVERIES WORLDWIDE
* We can deliver to Europe and beyond if the delivery cost isn't too prohibitive for you.
* All responsibilty for arranging international haulage, shipping, ordering & filling containers, customs & paperwork etc.. lies with the customer.
* Deliveries to the European mainland are often arranged with Artic lorry.
* Deliveries to the rest of the world will normally be shipped by container. We do not load / stuff containers
* We can arrange delivery of railway sleepers to any UK destination or port. Alternatively customers can arrange collection of their railway sleepers from our central yard in Nottingham. Your order will be loaded by forklift. 

CAN YOU DELIVER RAILWAY SLEEPERS TO OUTER SPACE ?

DELIVERIES TO OUTER SPACE
* All responsibilty for arranging intergalactic haulage, ordering & filling cargo spacecraft, and international space federation permits etc.. lies with the customer. Destination site to offload.
* Deliveries of railway sleepers to our own solar system can often be arranged with the European Space Agency
* Deliveries to the rest of the universe will normally be shipped with the International Space Federation.
* We can arrange delivery of railway sleepers to most launch pad sites. Alternatively customers can arrange collection from our headquarters in the UK. Your order will be loaded by forklift.
* We do not load / stuff cargo spacecraft (with the exception of our Houston branch).

DELIVERY EXAMPLES TO OUTER SPACE
Expected delivery within 7 days - 300 light years
Time
£ Price
Prices can be effected by changes in costs of bipropellant, solid fuel or space piracy
Moon (approx 238,857 miles) 2 days
£7.3 million
Mars (approx 35 million miles) (averaging 25,000 miles per hour) 260 days
£125 million
Venus (approx 44 million miles away) Mercury (77 million miles away) 1 - 2 years
£184 million
Saturn (approx 746 million miles away) 20 years
£1.83 billion
Uranus (1.6 billion miles away) Neptune (approx 2.68 billion miles away) 40-70 years
£4.8 billion
 

What are your delivery terms and conditions?

Our delivery costs are calculated according to the delivery details and information given by the customer, and the delivery options chosen. Delivery charges generated by the delivery charge calculator on the website should be used for guidance only. Although mainly correct there can be variations dependent upon delivery conditions and haul