Reclaimed railroad ties are available at A&K Railroad Materials in Salt Lake City, Utah, and National Salvage & Service Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. Since 1959, A&K Railroad Materials has offered railroad ties across the country. National Salvage & Service Corporation has served the railroad tie industry since 1980.
A&K Railroad Materials has permanent retail yards in several cities, including Dolomite, Alabama, and Mira Loma, California. The company maintains a national inventory of more than 2 million ties for wholesale and landscape uses. National Salvage & Service Corporation maintains about 7 million railroad ties each year, and its reclaimed tie sale locations include Selma, Alabama, and Dudley, North Carolina. Reclaimed railroad ties produced before 1986 may contain creosote, a chemical that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has categorized as a probable cancer-causing agent.