Quick Answer: What Size Is A Railway Sleeper?

Sleeper Sizes The most common length for railway sleepers is 2.6 metres or 8ft 6″ long. The most common width is 250mm or 10″. And the most common thickness is 125mm & 150mm (5″ & 6″). You can find more information regarding the size, weight and pricing of railway sleepers here.

What size is a standard railway sleeper?

Railway Sleeper SIZES and WEIGHTS. The most common LENGTH for railway sleepers is 2.6 metres or 8ft 6″ long. We also stock other railway sleeper sizes such as 2.4m and 3.0m, or 8ft and 10ft. The most common WIDTH for a railway sleeper is 250mm or 10″.

What sizes do garden sleepers come in?

Sleepers come in two sizes: 200 x 100mm (8″ x 4″) and the heavier 250 x 125mm (10″ x 5″).

Can you lay railway sleepers on soil?

For one, you can simply place your sleepers directly onto soil, allowing the heavy sleepers time to bed in. Simply dig a shallow trench and place your sleepers down onto your newly created gravel or sand-based foundation.

What is the distance between railway sleepers?

Sleepers are normally spaced at 650 mm (25 ins) to 760 mm (30 ins) intervals, depending on the particular railway’s standard requirements. Traditionally, sleepers (known as ties in the US) are wooden. They can be softwood or hardwood.

How do you cut railway sleepers?

Cut your sleepers with a circular saw or a chainsaw by slowly making clean, straight cuts. Use a square angle ruler to make sure your sleepers will fit perfectly. Alternatively you can ask for sleepers to be precut which The Luxury Wood Company is happy to do.

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What can I use instead of railway sleepers?

Use WoodBlocX As Alternative to Railway Sleepers in Garden | WoodBlocX. WoodBlocX™ can be used in the same way as new or old railway sleepers, without the problem of creosotes seeping from the reclaimed sleepers in warmer weather, making them unsuitable for certain projects like fish ponds.

Which railway sleeper is best?

Timber that has been treated with preservative is the best choice in most cases – UC3 treated timber is best for use out of the ground, while UC4 treated is best for in-ground. Another type of timber available is green oak, which does not need treating as they are long-lasting naturally.

How do I join sleepers on top of each other?

When building sleepers in layers, it’s a really good idea to overlap the right-angled corners for added stability and strength. Simply place your length or frame on top of the first layer so the joins are overlapped like a brick wall, then work in the same way to secure.

How do you anchor sleepers to the ground?

Cut your sleepers to your required length, which could be random for a rustic look. Then mix up some lean mortar, such as 6:1, to be used as a concrete base and haunching. Place at least a 50mm bed of concrete in the bottom of the trench and start inserting the sleepers, haunching them up as you go.

How do you attach a railway sleeper to a retaining wall?

Constructing a retaining wall out of upright sleepers is pretty straightforward. Simply dig a trench, lower the sleepers in vertically side by side, and then backfill with a dry concrete mix, that you can ram down around the railway sleepers untill the wall is rigid.

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How heavy is an Oak railway sleeper?

How heavy is a railway sleeper? Depending on what the sleeper is made out of it can change the weight of it. Oak is heavier than a softwood sleeper but on average they weigh between 30-50kg making them much easier to use than their concrete counterparts.

What are green sleepers?

The green colour is a by-product of the tanalising process and due to the fact that the main active ingredient is copper. The industrial copper-based preservative is applied in a vacuum/pressure treatment plant to extend the life of your timber. The green colour is actually by coincidence, rather than by design.