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    Railway sleeper strength

    Bit of a different question but Mr Google is no help.

    Iím thinking of building a bridge over a small creek and Iím thinking of using 4 ironbark (230x120) AAA grade railway sleepers as the main support beams.

    Iíve already got 200x50 ironbark planks to go on top.the bridge will only be 2.4 x 2.4 with concrete footings on each side.

    My question is, will that support a car, small tractor or small truck?
    Any idea how much weight this setup would support?

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    Yeah no probs mate! Go for it

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    AS1684.2 span tables to be sure, but sleepers don't get a gig. If it can't be spec'd it's a guess.
    Sure, drive ya tractor over it Krisso no wukkas!

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    Nah I really don't think you should risk it, happy 2 grab those sleepers off you 2 use as firewood though *L*
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    Quote Originally Posted by NissanGQ4.2 View Post
    Nah I really don't think you should risk it, happy 2 grab those sleepers off you 2 use as firewood though *L*
    I was building this bridge for you, so you can get to the magic camp spot at Chrissy


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasnart View Post
    AS1684.2 span tables to be sure, but sleepers don't get a gig. If it can't be spec'd it's a guess.
    Sure, drive ya tractor over it Krisso no wukkas!
    Well, thatís what I was ganna do! Build it, then just try it.
    Everyone I know sais It would hold a tank up!


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    If you can Krisso Mate try and see if your supplier has ĎTurnoutí railway sleepers. They are generally longer for where the old tracks used to part off from a single line to two. Their main benefit for your bridge would be they are a bit thicker, something like 250x150 and in a AAA would handle heaps on their edge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MB View Post
    If you can Krisso Mate try and see if your supplier has ĎTurnoutí railway sleepers. They are generally longer for where the old tracks used to part off from a single line to two. Their main benefit for your bridge would be they are a bit thicker, something like 250x150 and in a AAA would handle heaps on their edge.


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    Yeah righto, Iíll ask my supplier. I never heard of them but that sounds awesome.
    My other idea was to use railway track as main support beams but it would be harder to work with I reckon, and an over kill probablyÖlol


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    Unfortunately they can be a little hard to find sometimes and pull a decent price as the architects love them for big feature beams at pub beer gardens etcÖ.
    Worth considering good old Gumtree for possibly a ripper deal on a pair of steel H or I beams floating around a farmerís paddock.
    Not sure about your block but steel would be our best option down here in the Termite Hills, little pricks of things


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