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USED Railway Sleepers

Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers

  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers
  • Used Jarrah grade 2-3 railway sleepers

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Grade: Grade 2-3  Much more weathered and rustic than the Grade 1's or Relays. Years of British sleet and snow have made their mark on the Jarrah railway sleeper's edges and faces, starting to wear them away, especially at the ends, which can become a bit crumbly or uneven. See pictures above.
Colour: Various shades of light, medium brown on the outside. Normally various stunning shades of red, pink or yellow on the inside, when cut or planed. 
Weight: Can be very heavy to lift. IMPORTANT- The 2.6m x 300mm x 175mm size CANNOT be offloaded by hand. They are too heavy. 120kg - 140kg each. Bear this in mind when you are ordering your particular size of railway sleeper. How do I plan to carry the railway sleepers into position? (e.g. the back of a garden). You'll need at least machines or many willing and strong people, (Olympic weightlifters) and the serious possibility of bribery or cohersion. The most successful 2016 Olympic medal winners (in order) were from China, Thailand, Iran, North Korea and Kazakhstan. Try yellow pages. 
Treatment: Untreated. These railway sleepers were used on the railways without any form of treatment, so suitable for rustic landscaping and people friendly projects, where creosote is inadvisable.
Description: These reclaimed Grade 2 Australian Jarrah railway sleepers are probably between 40 - 70 years old, depending on which section of railway they came from in Britain. They are tight-grained tropical hardwood railway sleepers which our persistent weather has eroded and worn away at the exposed faces, creating a rustic, worn and aged effect. If you want clean cut lines and perfect edges, then you'll be disappointed. But if you want a piece of rustic, weather-worn timber that speaks of character and aged uniqueness, you'll love them.
Cutting: Quite hard. You'll need a circular saw / chainsaw / powered saw to cut these railway sleepers. Start off with a new or sharpened blade, and be prepared to re-sharpen. Occasionally people try by handsaw, but you have to be very determined or fit. As with any project, it makes sense to try and limit the amount of cuts you need to do. Try and plan a design that fits with the size of our sleepers! There is only one length of these sleepers.
Attaching / Fixing: Timberlok will probably not screw through these railway sleepers without a pilot hole, even if the drill is powerful, so it makes sense to pre-drill. These old railway sleepers are still tough !
Sizes: IMPORTANT. All sizes below are approximate. That means that although a railway sleeper is described as 2600mm in length,depth or width it may in fact be several centimetres longer or shorter. This is due to the fact that these railway sleepers were cut decades ago, in circumstances when it wasn't crucial to be centimetre perfect or 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 railway sleeper.

OUR COMMENT

These old and rustic Australian Jarrah railway sleepers are suitable for outside landscaping, steps, raised beds, decking, aquatics etc.. as well as internal furniture, lintels, woodturning etc.. Indeed, any project where you want rustic looking weathered railway sleepers without any creosote complications. Serious weight, so plan for strong help ! Despite their age, they are still long lasting, and beautiful if you cut or plane them, exposing various gorgeous shades of pink, red or yellow. Alternatively just enjoy the natural years of reddy brown weathering, and their uneven edges and rustic corners.

Length Width Depth Unit Price (+vat) Quantity
Length: 2600 ONE PACK (15 no) Low Grade 2-3 Larger Sleepers IMP* V.HEAVY! FORK/CRANE OFFLOAD ONLY* Width: 300 Depth: 175 £420.00 £285.00
Length: 2600 Low Grade 2-3 Full Pack of 24 standard size Width: 250mm Depth: 125mm £528.00 £380.00

Extra information:

WHAT DELIVERY CHOICES DO I HAVE ?

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 chose any delivery day you want in advance within 2- 4 working days, Mon - Fri, between 9am & 5pm.
* YOU can chose, 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 at least 2 or more strong people to manally 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.
One exception! If the railway sleepers 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.
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 order can be crane-offloaded so long as there is sufficient space for the crane or forklift to operate without lifting over vehicles etc...

ACCESS
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 in the UK for 20 railway sleepers 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 ?
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!

UNTREATED RAILWAY SLEEPERS - THE FACTS

Dense, tight grained, hardwood railway sleepers, especially tropical 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. Jarra, 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.