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Railway Sleepers


A Railway Sleeper is a rectangular object used as a base for railroad tracks. Sleepers are members generally laid transverse to the rails, on which the rails are supported and fixed, to transfer the loads from rails to the ballast and subgrade, and to hold the rails to the correct gauge. Traditionally, sleepers have been made of hardwood, but concrete is now widely used.

They are often heavily creosoted to reduce insect infestation and rot. However, creosote is also carcinogenic and environmentally damaging. Less often, sleepers are treated with other preservatives, although some timbers are durable enough that they can be used untreated.

Problems with wood sleepers include rot conducive to timber pest activity, splitting, insect infestation, plate-cutting (abrasive damage to the tie caused by lateral motion of the sleeper plate) and spike-pull (where the spike is gradually worked out and loosened from the sleeper).


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ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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