Frequently Asked Questions

Railroad ties are rectangular timbers that measure approximately 8 feet 6 inches long, are 9 inches wide, and are 7 inches thick. As the name implies, these huge wood pieces are used in the base of railroad tracks.

The weight of a railroad tie depends on their size and specifications. They can range anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds. The majority of railroad ties weigh close to 200 pounds.

Wood railroad ties are typically made from hardwoods like Oak. Because they are thick and are treated with Creosote or some other preservative, wood railroad ties last for years.

Yes. Because of their width and thickness, you'll need special tools to cut off or drill through wood railroad ties. A chainsaw works well for cutting through ties.

A dark brown oil distilled from coal tar and used as a wood preservative.

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