Colour: Medium brown
to dark with some silver grey if bleached by sun. Spots of
tar on surface sometimes.
Description: used pine. Tar & creosote treated. Square,
straight, and lighter than hardwood sleepers.
whole of the British railway system was constructed from them,
so for years the only sleepers available to farmers and gardeners. Excellent
for stacking/ laying side by side, slotting into RSJ's, and non-domestic
can badly weap tar in summer so NOT suitable around children,
animals. A nightmare when on clothes. Banned from places of frequent skin
contact or possible food contamination. Popular
due to sometimes sadly nationalistic reasons. ("I'm not buying a froggy
/ kraut sleeper")
Weight: Easier to lift. Ranging from 110 - 150lb (50 - 60 kilos) Bear
this in mind for carrying sleepers onto site (e.g. the back of a garden).
You'll need at least two people. Don't risk your back trying them on your
Cutting: Straightforward. You can use a circular saw / chainsaw / or bow
saw to cut these railway sleepers.
Attaching / Fixing: Timberlok will screw straight through these without
a pilot hole