Our high quality railway sleepers are ideal for a variety of uses. They are available in a range of options including classic oak, tanalised rustic, and soft wood.
Railway sleepers can be used in a variety of ways throughout gardens and landscapes. They are perfect for creating raised beds, steps, retaining walls, edging or even creating rustic outdoor furniture.
What are Railway Sleepers?
Railway sleepers, were traditionally used to support railroad tracks. The strong and resilient nature of these materials allowed trains to traverse vast distances, creating the foundations of modern transportation networks. Over time, the appeal of railway sleepers extended beyond their original purpose, becoming an essential element in landscape design, gardening and construction. Here at Oakdale Fencing we stock both new and reclaimed railway sleepers depending on your personal preference and landscaping needs.
New Railway Sleepers
If you are looking for top condition railway sleepers, you might consider our selection of new softwood and oak sleepers. These are great for all round garden use, and are considerably easier to cut and shape than the reclaimed versions. Our new railway sleepers have been tanalised. A pressure treatment that is environmentally friendly, helping protect against insect and fungal damage. This treatment extends the life of the timber by up to ten times compared to untreated softwood.
Unlike reclaimed sleepers, our new softwood railway sleepers are sized in metric measurements and are available in two standard lengths. You can opt for mini railway sleepers (1.2 m long) or a standard length option (2.4 m long).
Our new oak railway sleepers are landscaping grade, as opposed to beam grade. Like all freshly cut landscaping oak, it is still seasoning and changes character with time. These timbers are mainly square cut but do come with with some waney edges which lend extra character. The oak can also have splits, knots & blemishes. Sometimes the ends can be cut slightly off square and not to a precise 2.4m length.
Reclaimed Railway Sleepers
One of the most captivating aspects of reclaimed railway sleepers is their weathered appearance and unique character. The years of service on the railroad imbue each sleeper with its distinctive charm, featuring beautiful patinas, varying textures, and natural splits that add an authentic rustic appeal to any project. Oakdale Fencing source and stock reclaimed railway sleepers from around Europe. Please note that due to the nature and age of these sleepers, they will each have their own unique character with no two sleepers the same.
Railway Sleepers for Sale
At Oakdale Fencing, we sell both reclaimed and new railway sleepers, providing you with a wide range of options to suit your specific needs. These versatile timber beams can be utilised in countless creative ways, including:
Garden Beds and Retaining Walls: Create stunning raised flower beds or durable retaining walls that blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings of your garden.
Decking and Pergolas: Construct robust and visually striking decking and pergola structures that withstand the test of time while providing an inviting space for outdoor leisure.
Pathways and Steps: Craft charming pathways and steps that add elegance and functionality to your garden or outdoor space.
Furniture and Decor: Express your style with unique furniture pieces, such as benches, tables, and planters, designed with the rustic beauty of railway sleepers.
Edging and Borders: Accentuate your landscaping with strong and durable edging and borders, defining distinct areas in your garden.
Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly
At Oakdale Fencing, we are committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Our reclaimed railway sleepers exemplify our dedication to reducing waste and repurposing materials for a more environmentally conscious approach to landscaping and construction.
Sourced From Renewable Sources
All our new sleepers are sourced from sawmills that are certified by the FSC scheme. This means the timber used has been sourced from a renewable managed forest. You can buy with confidence knowing your sleepers have not contributed to deforestation or habitat destruction and that the forest that has provided the timber will still be there for generations to come.
Cutting Railway Sleepers
Here at Oakdale Fencing we have the facility to cut the new 100 x 200 softwood sleepers to size. If you are looking to cut a used railway sleeper we would advise using a chain saw but beware blades blunt especially quickly on these hard wearing timbers.
We always carry a wide selection of different size and colour sleepers in stock for quick delivery or collection. If you need any advise or guidance feel free to give us a call during office hours or send us a e-mail.