Den & Vanessa's railway sleeper flower bed

Dear K, As requested here are pics of our project. We used 8 of the 3m sleepers stacked in 2 layers to form a 22" high bed. 5 tons of top soil to fill!. We had difficulty with moving the sleepers to our back garden, since they had to be horizontal to pass through a passageway with low headroom, then had to be upended to turn 90 degrees through the back gate into the garden. I strapped each sleeper one at a time to my 2 wheel trolley but it took 2 of us to lift one end to vertical. (No pic of this !) I used a chainsaw to cut the sleepers Hope the pics are useful to others as we found others useful to us. Den & Vanessa
Many thanks for the fantastic pictures with excellent step by step commentary. Brilliant.


Ground prepared.
Sleepers laid out, for selecting to cut

Sleepers cut for end of raised bed & half cut for corner joint. 3"x3" post & spike

. selection & prices ~..dimensions .. cutting & delivery....railway sleeper selection table

First, the sleepers are laid along the bed. The inside of the sleepers is covered in black membrane, to reduce soil contact and cover gaps between the sleepers, and then stapled in place. 7" coach screws are fixed through the posts into the sleepers.
All sleepers in place. A 2 wheel trolley was used to manoeuvre the sleepers.
5 tons of top soil later ! Everything's planted, watered, topped up, with various fertilisers added. Project completed.