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Grade: Grade 2/3 unused reject oak. Most are about 1-2 year old, although some pieces will be much older. They are the mixed bag residue of a mixture of different sizes of French and Canadian oak railway sleepers that we import, that have been rejected as seconds. SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS OF THE VARIOUS PACKS
Colour: Mainly silver grey on the outside. Various lighter shades of oak on the inside, when cut or planed.
Weight: Individual railway sleepers weigh between 50kg - 95kg approx.
Treatment: Untreated hardwood oak
Description: Bargain packs of older unused oak railway sleepers and offcuts that have been put on one side with potential cracks, imperfections, twists, rot or insect holes . We have banded together those of a similar'ish size, and sell them as a mixed bag bundle. SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS of INDIVIDUAL PACKS
Cutting: Oak is a hardwood railway sleeper that you would not want to cut too many of by hand, unless you were in training for an Iron Man competition. You'll need a circular saw / chainsaw or powered saw to cut these railway sleepers. Start off with a new or sharpened blade, and be prepared to re-sharpen.
Attaching / Fixing: Timberlok screws can successfully be used to fasten these railway sleepers together, although you will definitely need to pre-drill first. Make sure the drill is particularly powerful. Oak timber can be pretty tough!
Size: IMPORTANT. All sizes below are approximate. That means that although a reject pack of railway sleepers is described as 2600mm in length, depth or width it may in fact be several centimetres longer or shorter, thicker or thinner. This is due to the fact that when sawmills cut railway sleepers, they don't see them as having to be milimetre accurate in dimension. As it happens, most landscaping projects have an element of flexibility or tolerance in them and can cope with this. If your project needs exact accuracy in length, width or depth, then you may to cut them to your precise specifications yourself, or think of using a different product.
These bargain packs are the rejects from batches of unused oak railway sleepers that we have imported in the last year or so. Obviously these reject 'mixed bag' sleepers are more weathered, cracked, bowed or imperfect than their grade 1 relatives, yet should still be usable for outside landscaping, steps, raised beds, decking, aquatics etc.. as well as internal furniture, lintels, woodturning etc.. Some of them are major weight, so plan for lots of help ! Pretty durable. SEE NUMBERED PHOTOS OF REJECT PACKS
You have two options, depending on which delivery option you chose at the checkout stage online, or when you telephone the office.
1) THE CHEAPEST OPTION - CUSTOMER TO OFFLOAD RAILWAY SLEEPERS
This is the cheapest, most popular & efficient means of delivery that covers 100% of the UK.
* YOU can choose any delivery day you want in advance within 2- 4 working days, Mon - Fri, between 9am & 5pm.
* YOU can choose, for a surcharge, a next day delivery, timed delivery or saturday delivery.
* YOU are responsible for offloading the railway sleepers from the vehicle. The vehicle does NOT have a crane offload. If you do not have a forklift, you MUST have a lot of people or mechanical help to manually offload. These railway sleepers are too heavy for one person. The driver is not able to help you offload or carry railway sleepers into your house or garden. The vehicle is normally a non-artic rigid lorry (carrying approx 10 - 15 tons)
2) THE MORE EXPENSIVE OPTION - LORRY OFFLOADS RAILWAY SLEEPERS WITH CRANE OR FORKLIFT
This delivery charge is usually more expensive than the Pallet system, but is essential if you order some heavy railway sleepers, without any forklift, or sufficient people to help you offload.
* Your railway sleepers can be crane-offloaded so long as there is sufficient space for the crane or forklift to operate without lifting over vehicles etc...
You must ensure in advance that a lorry has clear access to your property. It is crucial to tell us, when we contact you to arrange delivery, 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, often equal to the original.
IS THERE A MINIMUM ORDER ?
No. It makes no difference. The cost to you is the same whether we deliver 1 railway sleeper or 10 railway sleepers... e.g. if the delivery cost to somewhere for 20 railway sleepers was £100 + 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 ?
The cost depends on the postcode of where you live, the number, size and weight of your railway sleepers, how quickly you want it, and whether you can offload or not. 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!
Dense, tight grained, hardwood railway sleepers, especially tropical bridge timbers, are completely different to light, softwood railway sleepers which have to be treated with either creosote or pressure treatment to prevent them rotting and collapsing. Hardwood railway sleepers are much more durable and naturally longer lasting.
African Azobe railway sleepers, for example, are often used untreated by British Waterways under water, due to their natural preservative qualities. Jarrah, Karri, Mora, and Greenheart are likewise placed untreated on the railway track by Network Rail, and are expected to last for up to 100 years.
So, untreated railway sleepers are popular with those wanting to keep clear of chemical treatments, or contamination, and wanting to use something that is naturally longer lasting. BUT REMEMBER they are HEAVY!