FAQ Railway Sleepers

Can I use Reclaimed Railway Sleepers in my garden - are they safe?

Reclaimed Railway Sleepers are quite safe to use in your garden, it is however recommended by EU directive that they are not used in areas where there may be frequent skin contact.  In particular, they should not be used in children's play areas, for making garden/picnic furniture and indeed inside buildings.  Please remember that the creosote/tar does have a tendency to leak out, especially in warm temperatures and so TimberClick does advise that you wear gloves when handling Reclaimed Railway Sleepers.  

Can TimberClick Cut Reclaimed Railway Sleepers?

We are not able to cut all New Railway Sleepers only in selected Timberclick stores.

If you intend on cutting them yourself with a chain saw, TimberClick would advise that you take particular care and ensure that you wear protective clothing, such as goggles, protective trousers, boots and gloves.


We CANNOT cut Reclaimed Railway Sleepers. This is because Reclaimed Railway Sleepers quite often have sections of steel/metal in them, which are hidden to the eye.  It is our overall advice that you do not cut them, and just use them as they are.

PLEASE check with your Timberclick store that they can cut Sleepers before ordering.

Can I lift Reclaimed Railway Sleepers on my own?

Reclaimed Railway Sleepers are very heavy, approximately 80 Kgs or 170 Lbs.  TimberClick advises that you lift/move them using 2 people.  

Will TimberClick carry Reclaimed Railway Sleepers to my back garden?

TimberClick delivers Reclaimed Railway Sleepers on a lorry with a hiab crane.  Our drivers will hiab lift them onto the curb side or if possible onto your front drive/front garden.  For health and safety reasons we are unable to take them any further for you.  

What is the difference between the 3 grades of Reclaimed Sleepers?

Quite simply the Grade 1's are the best in terms of squareness and condition.  The Grade 2's are also a very good Reclaimed Railway Sleeper, but will contain some defects and will not be as square and uniform as the Grade 1.  The lowest Grade that TimberClick offer is the Grade 3 which will be far more rustic, contain more splits and irregularities.  When choosing which of the 3 Grades to buy, you need to decide upon the end use and the appearance that you wish to achieve.  Some examples are as follows:

Grade 1 - retaining walls, raised beds, steps, curbing and edging

Grade 2 - similar to the Grade 1

Grade 3 - ideal for raised beds and retaining walls where the aim is to produce a rustic effect.  Particularly useful where part or all of the sleeper is hidden from the eye, i.e. bases for sheds, edging or curbing where part or all of the sleeper is embedded into the ground.  

How do I fix Reclaimed Sleepers together?

TimberClick offer a superb range of Timberlok and Timberdrive fixings.  These fixings both come with a "bit" that you place into the end of a power drill - this in turn fits into the fixing and allows you to drive it straight through the Railway Sleeper, no need for any pre drilling.  Please remember that if fixing the Railway Sleeper through the 150mm (6") section, TimberClick advises a 200mm (8") fixing.  In the event that you are going to turn the Railway Sleepers on their side, we do not supply a fixing that is long enough, as it would need to be 300mm (12") - in this case, TimberClick would recommend that you fix the Railway Sleepers against an internal post, either  75mm (3") or 100mm (4") or 150mm (6") fixings.  

Can TimberClick cut New Oak Railway Sleepers?

If you have a cutting list requirement, please e-mail us using the contact form or contact us on the telephone number displayed.

Are New Oak Railway Sleepers free from treatment/preservative?

Yes, New Oak Railways Sleepers do not contain any kind of treatment.  

Do I need to treat New Oak Railway Sleepers?

No, New Oak Railway Sleepers are extremely durable.  They will stand the test of time for well over 25 years.  

Will New Oak Sleepers stay the same colour?

No, once the Oak has been subjected to the elements, it will turn a natural grey colour.  If you want to apply a stain coating every 2 or 3 years, you may do so, but many people do actually prefer the natural grey weathered effect.  

Are there different grades of New Oak Railway Sleepers?

No, at TimberClick we stock only one grade which is in effect the very best that money can buy.  Whilst New Oak Sleepers are generally square, with little or no defect, please do always bear in mind that they are Railway Sleepers and as such may contain some wane and splits.  

Can I make furniture using New Oak Railway Sleepers?

Yes, New Oak Railway Sleepers are ideal for this, provided that you are looking for a rustic end look.  New Oak Railway Sleepers will split and shake over time, especially so if placed in varying temperatures.  If you are looking to make furniture that is free from this, then you need to purchase higher quality Kiln Dried material - this is something that TimberClick can also supply.  

How do I fix New Oak Sleepers together?

TimberClick offer a superb range of Timberlok and Timberdrive fixings.  These fixings both come with a "bit" that you place into the end of a power drill - this in turn fits into the fixing and allows you to drive it straight through the Railway Sleeper, no need for any pre drilling.  Please remember that if fixing the Railway Sleeper through the 125mm (5") section, TimberClick advises a 200mm (8") fixing.  In the event that you are going to turn the Railway Sleepers on their side, we do not supply a fixing that is long enough, as it would need to be 300mm (12") - in this case, TimberClick would recommend that you fix the Railway Sleepers against an internal post, either 75mm (3") or 100mm (4") and use 100mm (4") or 150mm (6") fixings.  

Can I lift New Oak Railways Sleepers on my own?

New Oak Railway Sleepers are very heavy, approximately 80 Kgs or 170 Lbs.  TimberClick advises that you lift/move them using 2 people.  

Will TimberClick carry New Oak Railway Sleepers to my back garden?

TimberClick delivers New Oak Railway Sleepers on a lorry with a hiab crane.  Our drivers will hiab lift them onto the curb side or if possible, onto your front drive/front garden.  For health and safety reasons, we are unable to take them any further for you.  

What are New Softwood Sleepers treated with, and is it safe?

Modern pressure treatments are water based and excludes arsenic and chromium and is thereby non-toxic. The treatment is quite safe and allows New Softwood Treated Railway Sleepers to be used in those areas that Reclaimed ones are not suitable for.  

Do I need to retreat New Softwood Treated Railway Sleepers?

No, the treatment applied should protect the Sleepers for a good 20 - 25 years from all pests, insect attacks, decay and rot.  

Will new Softwood Treated Railway Sleepers keep its colour?

No, the colour will weather to a natural grey.  If you would like to maintain the original green or brown, then you will need to apply a stain coating once every 2 or 3 years.  

Can TimberClick cut New Treated Softwood Railway Sleepers?

This is possible, but TimberClick would recommend that any cut ends are retreated with a preservative stain.  Should you have a cutting list, then please contact us via our contact form or via the phone number shown on the site.  

How do I fix New Treated Softwood Sleepers together?

TimberClick offer a superb range of Timberlok and Timberdrive fixings.  These fixings both come with a "bit" that you place into the end of a power drill - this in turn fits into the fixing and allows you to drive it straight through the Railway Sleeper, no need for any pre drilling.  Please remember that if fixing the Railway Sleeper through the 125mm (5") section, TimberClick advises a 200mm (8") fixing.  In the event that you are going to turn the Railway Sleepers on their side, we do not supply a fixing that is long enough, as it would need to be 300mm (12") - in this case, TimberClick would recommend that you fix the Railway Sleepers against an internal post, either 75mm (3") or 100mm (4") and use 100mm (4") or 150mm (6") fixings.  

Can I lift New Treated Softwood Railway Sleepers on my own?

New Treated Softwood Railway Sleepers, whilst much lighter than the New Oak or Reclaimed variety, are still quite heavy, approximately 60 Kgs or 150 Lbs, so TimberClick would still advise that 2 people are required when lifting/moving them.

Will TimberClick carry New Softwood Treated Railway Sleepers to my back garden?

TimberClick delivers New Softwood Treated Railway Sleepers on a lorry with a hiab crane.  Our drivers will hiab lift them onto the curb side or, if possible, onto your front garden.  For health and safety reasons, we are unable to take them any further for you. 

How do I fix New Softwood Treated Sleepers together?

TimberClick offer a superb range of Timberlok and Timberdrive fixings.  These fixings both come with a "bit" that you place into the end of a power drill - this in turn fits into the fixing and allows you to drive it straight through the Railway Sleeper, no need for any pre drilling.  Please remember that if fixing the Railway Sleeper through the 125mm (5") section, TimberClick advises a 200mm (8") fixing.  In the event that you are going to turn the Railway Sleepers on their side, we do not supply a fixing that is long enough, as it would need to be 300mm (12") - in this case, TimberClick would recommend that you fix the Railway Sleepers against an internal post, either 75mm (3") or 100mm (4") and use 100mm (4") or 150mm (6") fixings.  

 
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