Used Rail Road Ties
We export reclaimed railroad ties that have been removed from service to countries all over the world. Many of these ties are in excellent condition for various purposes.
These ties are sorted into different grades alongside the tracks upon removal. The typical dimensions of railroad ties for landscape use is 7"x9"x8'6" or 6"x8"x8'6".
We ship railroad ties directly from the tracks to our clients.
Used Rail Road Ties Grades
- Premium (Construction Grade): This is the best and most expensive grade pulled at the track side. The tie is solid, straight, with
splits in the ends that are not large enough to put a finger through. A very small percentage of Premium is pulled from the track and can be
in tight supply at times.
- #1 (Landscape Grade): This grade is solid, straight, with minimal wear in the plate area, and generally square with minimal splitting in the ends
barely big enough to put your finger through. This grade yields the largest percentage of ties pulled from the track side at time of removal.
- #2 (Economy Grade): This grade is structurally sound with defects like excessive wear in the plate area, missing edges, large splits in the ends,
and minimal rotting.
- Scrap Ties: This grade is grinded into mulch and sold to power plants to be used for fuel. The value of scrap ties is roughly the
same as the Economy Grade, which creates no pressure for the grader to push the limit on Economy Grade.
Take a look at some creative uses for Used Rail Road Ties!!!
How many rail road ties are replaced in the United States & what are they treated with?
Approximately 3,000 ties are used per mile of railroad track. About 10,000 ties are replaced every day, creating an abundant supply of
previously used ties. Ties are set much closer together in the USA, where rails are traditionally
fastened to the ties by railroad spikes. Ties are usually manufactured from a variety of hardwoods, oak being a popular specie. Ties are
often heavily creosoted. Oil-type creosote is effective when used in ground contact, water contact, or above ground applications. Creosote is
the oldest wood preservative still in commercial use in the United States. For more detailed information on preservative-treated wood, please
visit the United States Forest Service's website:
USDA / USFS T&D Publications