Free Railroad Ties? Not So Fast!

Perhaps you have just purchased your dream property and you want to upgrade your backyard, you might need some fencing material or some sort of earth retention material and you just passed by a railroad, with a bunch of old railroad ties all looked like they’re abandoned by the side of the track.

What do you do next? You ask yourself, are these railroad ties free? Can I have them?
The short answer is: Definitely Not.
The long answer - Free Railroad Ties?

Railroad companies own, operate and maintain the rails. The entire railroad infrastructure of each railroad company is inspected on a regular basis. There are few things the railroad maintenance crew is looking for on inspection, one of them are the bad railroad ties.

Hundreds of railroad ties are replaced daily throughout the country, especially in states with large railroad infrastructures like Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Kansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and many more.

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The image I have described in the first paragraph happens very often throughout the country, many people ask both online and offline if they can just take those railroad ties like they’re free.

First of all, individuals that are stepping, playing or walking on or around the rail tracks are committing a crime, called trespassing.
Now, taking something that doesn’t belong to you, from a private property, is considered theft and it can get you in a lot of trouble.


So how can I get free railroad ties?

There are few places from where you can get free railroad ties, one of them is from the place you have just thought of.

But you should proceed totally differently, now keep in mind this is not a legal advice, not even an advice, is just an opinion. You can ask the railroad that owns those used railroad ties and ask if they would like to get rid of them, they might offer to sell them to you or maybe it’s your lucky day and you can get them for free.

Where else you can find used free railroad ties?

Check local Craigslist, and other marketplaces like Facebook, OfferUp, many of these platforms have the “Near Me” functions, showing results within your area, while the chances of finding railroad ties for free are slim, you might be able to get a good deal.

How much does a used railroad tie cost?

The prices for one used railroad tie ranges between $5 and $15, depending from where you get them and how many units you will be purchasing.

You can expect to pay $5-10 if you buy them from the owner in small quantities and around $15 if you purchase them from a store.

I hope this article answers all your questions, make sure to leave a comment.