It’s out with the old and in with the trash?

Recycled plastic to replace traditional railway sleepers

On Monday 24 June the first 200 Duratrack Sleepers were installed at Richmond Station as part of an 18-month trial. The new recycled plastic sleepers are made completely from a mix of polystyrene and agricultural waste, such as cotton bale wrap.

“It’s exciting to see innovative, environmentally friendly technology rolled out at one of Melbourne’s busiest train stations,” said Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne.  

After more than two years of research, and already having success running tourist railway such as the Puffing Billy, the Government has invested $630,000 into grant programs to make the project a reality.  

This innovative new product will not only aid in our war against waste but also comes at half the cost of traditional timber sleepers and has a lifespan of up to 50 years.