Softwood Sleepers

  • Choice of sleeper sizes
  • Pressure treated timber
  • No creosote, tar or “waste” traces
  • More regular dimensions than reclaimed
  • French oak sleeper option 

Product Details

Sleeper versatility

New Softwood Sleepers are always a popular product, probably due to their versatility. They can be used as a retainer – horizontally or vertically – for steps and for raised beds. Southern Timber has not sold reclaimed sleepers since June 2003, reclaimed sleepers invariably are impregnated with Creosote which has been found to contain carcinogens. They also tend to have traces of tar or bitumen, waste materials and may have pieces of metal including nails, screws or shrapnel. We also stock oak sleepers

Sleeper characteristics

Softwood sleepers are machined to size, they tend to be more uniform in size than their oak counterparts. Some sleepers may have waney edges. They are usually cut from the same stock as our sawn structural timbers and they are ideal for retainers and cutting down for steps. Any cross cuts should be treated with Ensele end-grain preservative to maximise the life of the sleepers. Fresh cut stock sleepers tend to be a pale green colour from where they have been pressure treated. However as the sleepers weather the colours will become muted and after a season or two will become silvery grey in colour.

New Softwood Sleepers dimensions

Sleepers are quite a substantial weight and some thought needs to be given as to how they will be moved to their resting position. Several sizes of sleepers are stocked, but availability can vary during the season.

100mm x 200mm (approx. 4″x 8″) at 2.4 metres (approx. 8′)

Also we keep timbers in 75mm cross sections at 3.6m, 4.8m and 6 metres.  Thereforem they might also be useful in landscaping projects.

Phone to order

01803 813 803

Lines open 7:30 - 17:00 Mon - Fri

Delivery details

Usually within 1-2 working days

We offer next day delivery, when required, for our normal delivery days (Monday to Friday) and areas. Customers are requested to phone in before 12.00pm on the day prior to delivery with their complete product listing, delivery address and payment details.