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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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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

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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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

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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Default Re: Where to get cheap railroad ties?

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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