- 30 Dec 2018
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Just visiting the NYM Railways and I wondered why their wooden fences, in common with all older railway property - have the normally vertical timber of fences at an angle?
One of the guys we had with us last year had worked on railway maintenancefor Network Rail - so I rang him up and asked him. He told me that square crosscutting the pales to length (in the workshop) is faster (= cheaper) than making two cuts to get a point, that the pales being angled means that the connection to the rails make to the fence is more wind, weather and vandal resistant and that the pales always arrive on site pressure treated and cut to length in packs, so cutting them would leave a rot access as well as the noise of sawing annoying the bejaysus out of local residents (bearing in mind that most repairs on the railway are carried out between 10pm and 6am).
Of course that might just be BS...