Railroad ties


LawnSite Senior Member
Atlanta, Ga.
I am trying to get some price information on railroad ties. I have searched the internet, and I am not really coming up with anything. I need about 2,000. The cheapest I have found is $10.00 per tie. 1 and 2s will work... Any help would be appreciated.


LawnSite Member
palatka, fl
all i know is your going to have a hard time finding 2 000 at one place. Just using used ties. You may try calling csx or some local train yard. 2 000 is a lot you must be trying to hold back a mountain. what is it for.


LawnSite Silver Member
Morgantown, WV
I am guessing by your location, you are in Maryland. Send me an email at impact@adelphia.net, and I can help you out with that request. I'm not sure about how many will fit on a 53' flatbed, but I think you will need several trips from Morgantown via a local trucking company.Are you starting a resale yard, or do you need these for a job?

Randy Scott

LawnSite Bronze Member
If you are using them in a landscape setting in or near soil, you better check with state laws. In Wisconsin it is illegal to do anything of the sorts with railroad ties. They contain soil contaminants.

Also, the U.S. EPA will no longer permit the use of pressure treated wood containing arsenic to be used in any landscapes. There was just an article in Landscape & Irrigation magazine stating this law put into effect Dec. 31, 2003.


LawnSite Senior Member
Atlanta, Ga.
KCLandscape --"I wish I was a headlight on a Northbound train, I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain". :D Robert Hunter

I am not sure why they are using railroad ties???? I am aware of the contaminant, Creosote.

I guess there are budget issues(plastic ties?$$), who knows.

As far as pressure treated timbers they have changed the chemical, I am not sure what they use now. Arsenic is bad stuff.

This is for a new development. (Let It Grow) "She comes from a town where they call her the wood cutters daughter." Do you get your name "Let It Grow" from the GD song?????

Let it Grow

LawnSite Senior Member
Walla Walla, WA
ipm-I didn't even know that name was in a song! I'm not a woodcutters daughter, or even a woman for that matter!!!. I got my name last year when I was registering for this site, and it was early spring, and I was thinking, "man, I wish this grass would hurry up and grow"!

Are you building retaining walls with the ties or just putting them around beds & stuff like that?


LawnSite Senior Member
Atlanta, Ga.
I was not calling you a woman. It is just the lyrics to a song. I am building walls with them.

Weather Report Suite (Part II) - Let It Grow---The Grateful Dead

Morning comes, she follows the path to the river shore,
Lightly sung, her song is the latch on the morning's door.
See the sun sparkle in the reeds, silver beads, pass into the sea.

She comes from a town where they call her the woodcutter's daughter,
She's brown as the bank where she kneels down to gather her water, and
She bears it away with a love that the river has taught her.

Let it flow, greatly grow, wide and clear.

Round and round, the cut of the plow in the furrowed field,
Seasons round, the bushels of corn and the barley meal,
Broken ground, open and beckoning to the spring,
Black dirt live again!
The plowman is broad as the back of the land he is sowing,
As he dances the circular track of the plow ever knowing
That the work of his day measures more than the planting and growing

Let it grow, Let it grow, Greatly yield.

What shall we say, shall we call it by a name,
As well to count the angels dancing on a pin.
Water bright as the sky from which it came,
And the name is on the earth that takes it in.
We will not speak but stand inside the rain,
And listen to the thunder shouting "I am! I am! I am! I am."

Nothin' more, the love of the women, work of men.
Seasons round, creatures great and small, up and down as we rise and fall.