Moving sleepers



I've been given some sleepers by a customer. They are sat in a pile at the far end of their garden.


I was wondering if any of the landscapers on the site had any hints and tips for moving sleepers (as they are the full size railway ones) causing the minimum amount of damage to my customers block paving and grass.





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  • Just an update. I went for the sack barrow option along with a piece of plywood to get up a step that was in my way.


    It all worked out well except for an eight foot long monster of a railway sleeper complete with fixings that I ended up having to cut about a third off due to it was too heavy for me.


    Once again, thanks for the tips. I can always rely on LJN to act as a voice of reason and means to getting a job done.


    all the best



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    I found this post the other day... having 2 gardens that simultataeously require oak railway sleepers, and no help this week. These are the proper heavyweight ones... I have got a solution that worked for me, and I will certainly be using again. I only had to move 5 yesterday and 9 today... and that has been quite enough - but it works.

    • Get yourself a heavy duty sack trolley with big pneumatic tyres
    • Load a sleeper onto the trolley so that there is little or no effort required to lift it.... as in the weight is 100% on the trolley.
    • Rachet strap the sleeper to the trolley, tightly
    • On concrete and ordinary lawn the trolley is perfectly manoverable - if the lawn is precious, or there is deep gravel, put down gravel board to provide a track
    • Short steep hills can be dealt with by using a rope around a tree/gate post and then round the trolley handle - and then pulling from the top of the hill.
    • It helps if the ground is frozen solid :)
  • I move them round using 2 people with a couple of timber tongs, makes handling them so much easier.

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      Agreed on 2 people, but flu struck and it was me only.....the sleepers were craned onto the client's had to go today

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    Something like this from Windysmith.



    • PRO

      That’s actually over engineered, barrow wheels are okay for sleepers.

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