Railway Sleepers

All the railway sleepers for sale on this page are available from stock.


Here at Oakdale we have a number of different variants of railway sleepers for sale that can be used to transform your garden.

Railway Sleepers

Railway sleepers, are known for their enduring charm and exceptional quality. They can serve as versatile elements in creating accessible, well-draining raised beds and captivating landscaping features. At Oakdale Fencing, we proudly offer a variety of softwood and hardwood railway sleepers, as well as well as captivating and authentic reclaimed sleepers.

Our railway sleepers cater to both residential and professional projects, seamlessly blending into any environment with their rustic elegance. From sturdy retaining walls to inviting garden benches, our sleepers offer endless possibilities.

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 Uses

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:
  1. Garden Beds and Retaining Walls: Create stunning raised flower beds or durable retaining walls that blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings of your garden.
  2. 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.
  3. Pathways and Steps: Craft charming pathways and steps that add elegance and functionality to your garden or outdoor space.
  4. Furniture and Decor: Express your style with unique furniture pieces, such as benches, tables, and planters, designed with the rustic beauty of railway sleepers.
  5. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to attach Railway Sleepers together? Railway Sleepers can be attached together through various different methods, including bolts and screws, nails, and adhesives, depending on your project's requirements and aesthetic preferences. For the most effective and sturdiest method we suggest using blots and screws.
  • Can I lay railway sleepers on concrete? Yes, laying railway sleepers on concrete is feasible with proper preparation and securing techniques, ensuring stability and longevity.
  • How are railway sleepers treated? All of our new railway sleepers have been tanalised in order to improve their longevity. They are pressure treated for an extended life.