Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#43 Rail-Road Tie Retaining Wall

Description: This is a soldier pile and railroad tie retaining wall.  These types of walls are common due to their relative ease of construction and the availability of materials.  Simply place the vertical members, brown tubes in this case, stack the railroad ties behind and connect the ties with spikes.  Back fill can then be placed behind the wall.  One major problem with this wall, however, is the placing of the railroad ties.  All joints should be staggered by many inches and secured with large spikes.  As you can see on the far left this is not done, and as a result greatly reduces the strength of the wall.

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