Posted by js305 on May 26, 2013 at 13:22:06 from (22.214.171.124):
In Reply to: Railroad Ties posted by Fawteen on April 27, 2013 at 03:35:17:
In 1975 I bought 50 ties from the railroad off of a thirty mile stretch of railway that was being "upgraded". I paid 50 cents each and picked them up off the side of the right of way. Yes, I had to do extra work, but I got to choose the ones I took. My dad and I had just gone together on ten acres of bare land and were looking for anything cheap to use for posts, landscaping, and anything else one might use them for.
I learned a couple of things: Those things are heavy! But...In my case they have lasted virtually forever. I ruined some good clothes picking them up as they were coated/soaked in what amounted to asphalt looking material. Each weighed maybe 150 pounds or so. We used three on each corner of the property and maybe half of them in other fencepost applications. Four of them got used as a foundation for a 6 by 8 foot well house. As far as I can tell, none have rotted away or been eaten by anything.
I did make myself a promise to never buy another cross tie as long as I live. It was a good buy and a good decision at the time though.
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