Lankhorst Mouldings Rail

In Europe hundreds of thousands of wooden sleepers are installed each year. Thousands of tons of creosote oil are used to preserve these sleepers. During the lifespan of these sleepers creosote oil leaches out to the soil and ground water. In Europe these negative environmental effects have been recognized. In The Netherlands the use of creosote oil has been forbidden since 2005 and the European Committee has decided to ban the use of creosote in the whole European Union.

Creosoted oak sleepers have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years. The lifespan of untreated oak sleepers is limited to roughly 10 years. This results in a significant increase of the life cycle costs of wooden sleepers.

Back in 2005, the ban on creosote was one of the reasons why Lankhorst developed a plastic switch sleeper made out of 100% recycled plastics. This sleeper has high end properties and keeps these properties during its long expected lifespan of over 50 years. This makes the KLP® Switch sleeper a maintenance free product that is an excellent alternative for wooden sleepers, bearers and bridge sleepers.


By using an innovative design Lankhorst has succeeded in developing a plastic sleeper that is totally optimized for use in the main track. This results in a lower cost price, lower transportation costs and an even lower carbon footprint.

Main Track Sleeper
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KLP® Switch sleepers have damping characteristics as wooden sleepers and a lifespan of over 40 years. A good investment with low Life Cycle Costs.


Switch Sleeper

The excellent damping characteristics combined with the relatively low  weight make the Lankhorst plastic sleepers ideal for the use on (steel) bridges

Bridge sleepers

KLP® Wagonplanks are durable, last for tens of years, do not rot or splinter and do not need any maintenance.

Wagon planks

Reasons to choose KLP® Sleepers from Lankhorst.