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A&K Railroad ties are the highest quality of Used Railroad Ties on the market. Our Number Two railroad ties have two good sides and two bad sides, our Number two railroad ties are not guaranteed to be straight. That said, our current inventory of 7x9 number two railroad ties are straight with only slight bows or twisting. Unlike our Number Two Railroad Ties, our Number one Railroad ties are guaranteed straight. If you would prefer, you can shop those ties here. We sort each railroad tie by hand. Sorting every railroad tie by hand allows us to be sure that the railroad tie(s) you are buying is the quality you are paying for. Our customer satisfaction is very important to us. Number two railroad ties do not come with a free refund, we do charge 25% of the cost each railroad tie for restocking and reorganizing the railroad ties.
What does two good sides mean? Our railroad ties are often used underneath an active railroad. One of the two bad sides is where the rail sits on top of the railroad tie and the spikes are driven into it is the single bad side. The other is typically caused by the wear and tear of the placement of rail, sometimes the train can hop at that point breaking down a section of ties causing them to have damage on more than one side. The two bad sides of the railroad tie will have cracks no larger than ½” in diameter and no longer than 48”. The two good sides of the railroad tie will have no cracking larger than ¼” and no longer than 24 inches.
When choosing a railroad tie, which size is best for what I need? Our railroad ties come in 3 different dimensions, 7x9, 7x8, 6x8. This means: 7-inch height and 9-inch width. We have many different lengths. When purchasing railroad ties many considerations come into play, our 7x9 number one railroad ties weigh anywhere from 220 pounds, our 7x8 railroad ties weigh 180 pounds and our 6x8 railroad ties weigh 120-150 pounds each. This weight plays a factor especially when you have only yourself to carry or drag these railroad ties. That said, we do offer rental of tools that make carrying your railroad ties as easy as possible for you. Customers that purchase our 7x8 railroad ties often report they chose the 7x8 because they wished for a railroad tie more square and not as heavy as our 7x9 railroad ties. For longevity, and sturdiness our 7x9 railroad ties are the strongest and will last the longest, our 7x8’s come next, then the 6x8’s.
All sizes of railroad ties are great for any application: Railroad ties can be used for retaining walls, garden bed, flower bed, horse stall, or wherever your imagination takes you. When using railroad ties for a garden bed please reference our blog post calling the necessary precautions. These precautions are related to the treatment of our ties using creosote.