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All railways in Britain and Ireland had to have fencing unless they were classed as tramways (like the Glyn Valley or Clogher Valley). Tramways had special rules, for example on the maximum speed allowed. The locomotives had to have skirts covering their moving parts.

The Evensford and Midland is not a tramway. So where are the fences? The P-way Dept is working on it!

Leek and Manifold Valley Railway Fencing
Here are some pictures of the fences still existing on the Leek and Manifold Railway in 2009. Concrete posts with wire between. The Lynton and Barnstaple had similar arrangements.



The above fencing would be cheap and easy to install (don't forget this was the time when we were allowed to used the word "cheap"...).

Midland Railway Fencing
Midland Railway diagonal wooden fencing is a different matter. Cheap would not be the first thing to come to mind at the Midland. Here is some information kindly supplied by a fellow modeller, Colin Morris in April 2009 in response to my request for some pictures of genuine Midland fencing:

"The fencing around my garden is on attached  photos [see below].
The old porter, who retired in 1950, told me he painted the fencing as a lad so it has certainly been there 100 years.
 It is pitch pine and was until the station closed painted with a mixture of tar and lamp oil every 30 years. Since 1964, I have painted it twice with creosote but I suspect the 150 year guarantee is about to run out.
The only section I have replaced was after Network Rail adjusted it with a lorry, however, I have replaced the post with a crossing sleeper buried 4 feet into the ground. Result no further damage (to the fence at least).

Dimensions (in Inches)
Diagonals 3" x 3/4" x 72" spaced 4 1/2" apart They start 1" above ground level (but I suspect this was 4" when new).
Horizontals 4" x 1 1/2" spaced 8" above grond level then spaced 17"apart.
posts 6" x 4" to a height of 66" pitched  somewhat randomly approximately every 120"



The target is to have some of each style of fencing on the EMR.

Ian Stock has written a great article on making picket fencing which is at http://gardenrailwayrealism.pbworks.com/Making-realistic-fences







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