The Ultimate Guide to Used Railway Sleepers: Buying to Installation

16 May 2023 by
Harley Thompson

1: Introduction into Used Railway Sleepers at Daisy’s:

 What are used railway sleepers? 

Used railway sleepers are wooden beams that serve to hold together the two rails that make up a train track. They provide a solid foundation for the track and help distribute the weight of passing trains evenly. 

Recycled sleepers have been discarded from use on railways due to maintenance and are reclaimed for use in gardening and landscaping. These types of sleepers are made of wood which is highly resistant from swelling, shrinking, warping and cracking because they have been treated to survive harsh weather climates. By repurposing these sleepers, we are giving them a new life and supporting eco-friendly landscaping practices. 

What Material are Railway Sleepers Made Out Of?  

Railway sleepers are made out of recycled hardwood timber, graded to ensure consistent quality. There are a number of grades available, such as AA Grade, A Grade, B Grade, and C Grade. The grading reflects the condition and overall quality of the sleepers. At Daisy's, we offer a range of used railway sleepers to cater to various landscaping and gardening needs. 

 2: Benefits of using hardwood timber in your project: 

When considering materials for your landscaping or gardening project, hardwood timber offers numerous advantages.

1: Durability: Hardwood timber is known for its strength and durability. It is resistant to wear, decay, and insect infestations, making it an ideal choice for outdoor applications like garden beds, decking, and furniture. 

2: Low maintenance: Hardwood timber requires minimal maintenance. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and, with proper treatment, can last for decades without the need for constant upkeep. 

3: Aesthetic appeal: Hardwood timber adds a natural, timeless beauty to any garden. The wide variety of hardwood species available allows for a diverse range of colours, textures, and grain patterns that can complement any design style. 

4: Eco-friendliness: Hardwood timber is a renewable resource, and sustainably sourced hardwoods can help reduce the environmental impact of your garden project. In addition, using hardwood can help sequester carbon, as trees absorb CO2 during their growth. 

5: Insulating properties: Hardwood timber is a natural insulator, helping to regulate temperature in the garden. This can be particularly beneficial for raised garden beds, where the soil can be kept warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

6: Versatility: Hardwood timber is versatile and can be used for various garden features like pergolas, trellises, raised beds, decking, edging, and fencing. 

7: Value: Although hardwood timber can be more expensive upfront, its long-lasting nature means that it can be a cost-effective choice in the long run. The use of hardwood timber can also add value to your property by creating an attractive, functional garden space. 

8: Customization: Hardwood timber can be easily shaped, carved, and stained, allowing for a high degree of customization to suit your specific design preferences. 

9: Supports biodiversity: Using hardwood timber in your garden can provide habitats for various organisms like insects, birds, and small mammals, promoting biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem. 

10: Easy to work with: Hardwood timber is typically easy to work with, allowing for precise cuts and joinery. This makes it an ideal material for DIY enthusiasts looking to undertake their own garden projects. 

3: How we Grade our quality Sleepers provided at Daisy's: 

At Daisy's, we take pride in offering a variety of high-quality sleepers for your landscaping and gardening needs. We understand the importance of providing durable and long-lasting products, which is why we have a range of hardwood used railway sleepers that cater to different requirements and budgets. Here, we'll discuss the different grades of railway sleepers available at Daisy's, showcasing their unique features and benefits. 

pack of used railway sleepers

AA Grade: Highest Quality Sleeper Available

Our AA Grade sleepers are the highest quality sleepers available in the market. These sleepers have all corners square with little to no wear, ensuring maximum durability and stability for your landscaping projects. They are perfect for building retaining walls, garden beds, and other structures that require the best materials. 

A Grade: Excellent Quality with Minimal Wear 

If you're looking for sleepers that offer excellent quality at a slightly lower price point, our A Grade sleepers are the perfect choice. These sleepers have all four corners in good condition, straight edges, and very little wear. They are suitable for a variety of applications, from building garden beds to constructing pathways. 

B Grade: Durable Sleepers with Some Structural Wear 

Our B Grade sleepers are perfect for those looking for a more affordable option without compromising on quality. These sleepers have all four corners intact, some cracking, and some structural wear, but still maintain their durability and strength. They are great for applications like garden edging and creating rustic pathways. 

C Grade: Well Worn Sleepers for Garden Edging 

For those on a tight budget or looking for sleepers with a more rustic appearance, our C Grade sleepers are an excellent choice. These sleepers have well-worn edges, some cracking, and are perfect for creating garden edging or adding a touch of character to your outdoor space. 

No matter what grade of sleeper you choose, you can trust Daisy's to provide you with high-quality products and exceptional customer service. With multiple locations across Victoria, we make it easy for you to find the perfect sleepers for your landscaping and gardening needs. If you need assistance with your project, don't hesitate to contact us for expert advice and support. 

Important Notes Before Purchasing Used Sleepers at Daisy's:

View and verify the quality: We highly recommend visiting one of our locations to personally view and verify the quality of the sleepers before making a purchase. This will help you choose the best sleepers that meet your requirements and expectations. 

Dimensions may vary: As these are used sleepers, dimensions of the timber may vary slightly but these discrepancies should be very minor. 

At Daisy's, we are committed to providing you with top-quality products and exceptional customer service. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. 

4: Sustainability of Using Used Railway Sleepers in Your Project   

At Daisy's, we understand the importance of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices in landscaping and gardening. By choosing to use our used railway sleepers in your project, you are not only getting a high-quality product but also contributing to a greener and more sustainable future. 

Resource conservation: By reusing sleepers that have already served their purpose in railways, we can significantly reduce the demand for new timber, conserving valuable natural resources and reducing deforestation. 

Reducing waste: Using used sleepers in your projects helps to divert them from landfills, where they would otherwise contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems. 

Lower carbon footprint: The process of sourcing, processing, and transporting new timber consumes a considerable amount of energy and releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By using used sleepers, you are minimizing the carbon footprint associated with your project. 

Long-lasting and durable: Used railway sleepers are made from high-quality hardwood, which makes them incredibly durable and long-lasting. By incorporating these sleepers into your projects, you are reducing the need for replacement materials, ultimately conserving resources and reducing waste. 


At Daisy's, we are committed to promoting sustainability and minimizing our environmental impact. To continue this process, we have developed R.I.S.E (Recycle, Innovate, Sustain an​d Educate), a set of guidelines that steer our decision-making and help us practice sustainability across the business.  For more information on our sustainable practices and products, please visit our sustainability page. 

5: What garden projects can railway sleeper be used in: 

Railway sleepers are a versatile and durable material, perfect for a wide range of garden projects. With Daisy's Garden Supplies offering various grades of sleepers, you can find the right one to suit your specific needs. Here are some inspiring ideas for incorporating railway sleepers into your outdoor space: 

1. Pathways 

Replace traditional flagstones, gravel, or paving with sleepers for a unique and eco-friendly alternative. 

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2. Steps 

Build sturdy and attractive garden steps using any grade sleepers.

Credit Instagram:  @mckenzie_landscape_design

3. Roof Features and Pergolas with Sleepers 

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@bd_building_design @steelwindowdesign.

4: Garden Beds:

Create beautiful, functional raised beds using sleepers for the best appearance and durability. 

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@mckenzie_landscape_design  @dinsannursery

5: Fencing and posting:

Construct strong fencing or low garden walls with sleepers for a robust and aesthetically pleasing border. 

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6: Tables, Benches and Chairs Made from Sleepers 

Craft unique and rustic outdoor tables or benches sleepers. These custom-made tables and seats will add character to your space while providing a cosy spot to relax and entertain!

Credit Instagram: @rusticrail.aus

Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a professional landscaper, Daisy's Garden Supplies is committed to providing the best possible products and services for all your garden and landscaping needs. Explore our wide range of sleepers and let us help you transform your outdoor space today. 

About the Authors:

Harley Thompson

Harley is a second-generation journalist with a passion for gardening and a keen eye for detail.  Currently studying a double degree of Commerce and International relations at Monash University, Harley loves learning new things. He specialises in creating engaging content about garden advice, using experience in store, with our team and customers. His writing blends his academic knowledge with practical experience, offering informative and inspiring articles.  

Greg Fitzgerald

Greg Fitzgerald is a qualified horticulturalist with more than 30 years in the industry and 16 years at Daisy's Garden Supplies. He manages production and procurement for all our products, ensuring high-quality gardens and landscapes for our customers. His vast experience and expertise in horticulture make him a key asset to Daisy's. He offers valuable insights and a wealth of knowledge in terms of mulches, soils, pebbles and rocks, composts and many other products.