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Old 04-16-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default Where to get cheap railroad ties?

So it is that time of the year again, fences need work around here. I like to use railroad ties for the corner posts since they are nice and thick and the don't seem to rot much.

I called the two lumber yards and the farm store they all want $15 a piece for used ties. This seems like a lot. Any of you guys ever buy some direct from the railroad? I am thinking about calling them on Monday to ask.
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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my dad bought 300 from a railroad contractor in Green River couple years ago. $5 a piece. not the best quality, as they were used, but still built a descent fence. also you might try jensen lumber in Ovid.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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menards use to have them for under 10 bucks....
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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Pressure treated lumber is out of the question?
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:43 PM   #5
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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

I saw them at Home Depot, there wasn't a price. I am not that into yard work.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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No RR tracks anywhere near you?

Here they chance out the "bad" ties every spring and they get left on the side of the tracks for a while till someone picks them up. Suggest bring a friend cause they are heavy!

If you are talking about D&B for the farm store, they are $$ for stuff like that. The thing is the RR company sells them in lots to a contractor, contractor cleans them up, straps a bundle and sells to lumber yard/farm store... so few people have there fingers in the pot before you buy.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:51 PM   #7
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I think they are around that price here, cheaper by the bundle of 20
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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A friend of mine worked for the RR around here, a couple years ago when I asked him about getting some, he said the EPA was after them to get the ties picked up and outa there. He said quietly, they would be glad to get rid of them, but can't say that out loud. He told me the best place to pick them up, but couldn't use equipment to help load.
I picked out the best 15 I could find.

Bring a HD trailer, gloves, get ready to get a real work out and real dirty.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:45 PM   #9
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It is good to hear you guys have had luck getting them from the railroad. I will try going over to the rail yard and see what they can do. I should have asked a few years ago when they replaced the wood road crossings with concrete, those were some big timbers. D&B and Cal Ranch are both wanting $15. I was hoping to find some at the auction but no luck, I did get some nice wire though.

Pressure treated posts are not much cheaper and they are small for corner posts 4-8" diameter and they don't seem to last as long.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:18 AM   #10
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The ties used in the crossings are HEAVY!!!

We had some that were brand new and used them to build fence. All I can say is HOLY SHIT, that fence is stout!
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:24 AM   #11
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you sure you want to use those? they have all kinds of chemicals in them
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:59 AM   #12
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you sure you want to use those? they have all kinds of chemicals in them
I'm pretty sure this is the exact reason why he DOES want to use them.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:52 PM   #13
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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

When I had cows annd made fences I used cut off utility poles for the corner posts and pushed them in with a loader.

Most utility poles are treated with PCP (pentachlornal phoenols) to get rid of the bugs and then creostoted to keep the water out. PCP is pretty nasty.

You may need a permit to use them anymore for a reason.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:21 PM   #14
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One of our neighbours has a business selling them, started off needing some for his farm, found it cheaper to buy a container load and now has a massive yard selling railroad ties, used armco (crash barrier from roads) telegraph poles, all fencing supplies etc etc. We get a good rate as he also owns the land around our house.

I got some free at our last house from my brother-in-laws employer, we used them to edge our drive. I unloaded about 20 of them by hand with the truck driver, most of them were pitch pine and manageable to unload but a couple must have been hardwood and damn near crippled us lifting them.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:25 PM   #15
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The last few days I've been driving by a huge pile of used ones
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:36 PM   #16
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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

In my case, I live next to the railroad and if I need some, I wait until I see the maintenance of way crew working close by and talk to the foreman. Some have even rolled a few over the hill for me and one time, they were all new.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:43 PM   #17
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check craigslist. I bought some from a local guy who sold them for I think $14 each, delivered to my front yard.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:33 PM   #18
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I've gotten all I needed for my house and cabin off CL. Freebies
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:13 AM   #19
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Got 40 or so for free once, heavy suckers as they were the ones used for crossings/bridges (3 ties bolted together). Made a sick shooting range out of them/100 tires/50 yards of dirt.

Keep asking around, youll find someone needing to part with some.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:29 AM   #20
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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

For those of you who want to just pick up some ties,think on this

First your trespassing,mmm not cool, remember ?

Then your not picking up,your stealing !!! its not scrapper time,and your not a crook,

Thieving off the RR sometimes is a Federal offense. mmm Felony? for a tie ?

Then the contractor who owns the ties,he made a deal with the RR and your stealing from him.

No harm,no foul,if your not caught,or you make a deal with the contractor or the crew.

The crew if they sell without the contractors permission will throw you under the bus and deny it all,(Im not losing my job for giving,selling that stranger ties)

Easier to pay the contractor than the court,oh,and get a receipt,cause the RR dick shows up he don't want to hear your shit about buying,cause you got no proof and no names to back it up.

Most of the RR dicks are ex LEOs,or Feds,or Military Police,and do not brook much bullshit from folks,cant get a promotion by being nice to people stealing the bosses shit.

Good luck and good hunting.
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