Michael L Roach
For much of its existence the Great Western Railway used post and wire fencing to mark its boundary and keep out people and animals. The wire would have been bought in from a supplier but the wooden fence posts were made in house from second-hand timber sleepers. The sleepers were cut in half longitudinally and mitred at one end. The fence had the advantage of being easy to erect and individual wires and posts could be replaced as necessary.
In the 1930s the GWR started experimenting with precast concrete fence posts instead of timber, and this type later became the standard fence posts after nationalisation. British Railways erected millions of concrete fence posts in the 1950s and 1960s and timber posts gradually disappeared from the railway scene. However Great Western timber post and wire fencing can still be found in a few places mostly on disused railway lines. In the attached photos we see a typical Great Western post and wire fence still extant in 2015 on the approach to a bridge over a main line.
Hope all is well, Kind regards, Paul Barlow
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Cowley Bridge 15 July 2020
20 July 1981 33 UKF fertilizer Lapford Cowley Bridge Junction
Andrew and Diane Jones
Many thanks Andrew and Diane.