As promised here are some pics of my garden
project using new oak hardwood railway sleepers as a retaining wall.
Upon demolishing the concrete garage the state of the retaining wall was apparent,
& a mini digger was used to dig right down & remove the old wall.
Sleepers & steel RSJs were then used to create a new retaining wall. Due
to the weight of the sleepers it was not possible to put in the RSJs first
& slot the sleepers down after so the 2 corner RSJ's were concreted in
& allowed to set. The sleepers were then slotted into the RSJ & stacked
on top of each other. The next RSJ was then butted up to the stack & then
26 sleepers were used in total with the bottom ones buried when back filled.
The RSJs cost £250 delivered so total cost of materials was £1000,
but cost effective for the size, and making a different and more natural look.
Matching the existing wall would have proved difficult and expensive.
I am currently using softwood sleepers for a raised pond & small retaining
walls in the garden so will enclose phase 2 pics soon
Many thanks for the great pictures that show so perfectly the massive project
you've determinedly undertaken (so far !) & how effective your use of
the Oak railway sleepers & RSJs has been. It's as though you've created
a blank canvas to start the garden again from scratch !.