The great wall of sleepers

Concrete sleepers on site near Okehampton station

As this fantastic photo from Network Rail shows, a huge number of concrete railway sleepers have already been delivered on site ready to begin work. But there’s more to come. What you see here represents only half of the 24,000 new sleepers required to allow trains to run safely later this year. The remainder will be delivered in the coming weeks.

The sleepers are manufactured in Doncaster and – as shown in the photo – are delivered by train and then unloaded. Handy!