Europe’s leader for wood sleepers.

Etablissements Baret draws on decades of experience and in-depth knowledge of timber, railways and their components. The company, which was founded in Haybes in 1949, is located in the heart of the Ardennes forest. This forest is made up mainly of oak, a species that combines the mechanical characteristics that are best suited to Baret’s core business: railway sleepers, crossing sleepers and structural parts.


  • 2018

    Boris Moussu took over leadership of the Group.

  • 1999

    Boris Moussu joined the company.

  • 1993

    Jérôme Moussu joined the company.

  • 1988

    The Baret heirs sold the company to the staff: MBO (Management Buy-out).
    Mr Moussu was appointed as director.

  • 1976

    Mr Baret recruited Jean-Louis Moussu. The sawmill’s activity was gradually redirected towards the railway sector.

  • 1949

    Baret was founded by André Baret in Haybes in 1949. To begin with, it was a sawmill mainly of timber for the mines. For over 30 years, its sawmill lines have churned out sleepers and timber supports for underground tunnels with the help of half a dozen employees.

  • 2018
  • 1999
  • 1993
  • 1988
  • 1976
  • 1949

Our values

Customer service, quality, honouring of commitments

Through the outstanding professionalism of our teams and rigour defined by demanding and constantly verified procedures, these commitments are deep-rooted within our company.

Rail transport places great demands on quality, reliability and safety. In all circumstances, our priority is to propose the best solution for our customers as fast as possible.

Our substantial permanent stock means we have raw material at our disposal and can respond to any urgent request. We also have our own delivery facilities to provide maximum on-time delivery throughout Europe.

Subsidiaries of

Filiales du Groupe Baret


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Railway sleepers, crossing sleepers and floor beams


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