a wreath of moss and scavenged teeth
encompassing a feline skull
No problem! The rail is lighter than it looks because of its shape - Wikipedia says 62lb/yd.
Here’s a picture of my own of another of these posts, alongside a rail line that closed circa 1970: http://www.flickr.com/photos/forest_pines/3262926628/ This one’s dated 1900.
March 10th - I’ve not seen anything like this before. Today, I was travelling from Acocks Green to Tyseley, as I often do. One of the routes I take includes a shortcut down an alley that used to be Rockwood Road, which crosses the railway between Alexander Road and the Birmingham City Mission. On the footpath, just as you leave the railway bridge, there’s an pecuiar, improvised bollard made of cast iron and steel, about a foot high and 8 inches diameter. It bears the legend ‘Great Western Railway Co. Boundary 1888’.
It doesn’t take the brain of Sherlock to work out what it is, but why? I’ve never seen railway property delimited like this before. Further, I must have passed this scores of times without noticing. How did such a trip hazard survive 126 years? Is it listed? Are there more? Is it important historically, or just a curio?
So… It’s boundary marker indicating either property or right-of-way boundary for that old rail bed. It’s very likely still in effect, and as with any survey the original monument holds so you don’t replace them unless they are damaged or destroyed. But speaking about trains, vertical control was very important for grades and it could have represented a datum point (benchmark) too for vertical control. I think that’s a bridge just past the gate? Again it’s critical to get vertical control in so the thing makes a smooth transition from the ground to the abutment to the truss and back.
80lb rail is one of my favorite monument mediums. Whenever I’m doing boundary work and I find a corner marked with this stuff, way the hell out in the woods, I wonder what gorilla carried it out there! Car axels are a close second in popularity. These days #3 rebar with a plastic cap is the property corner du jour, but occasionally we still put an aluminum cap or brass one on. The NGS has abandoned the upkeep of the physical monuments. So, sadly the days of the brass benchmark are over.
Hope it’s a help and fantastic photos.
This is a property boundary marker, not a vertical datum. I have come across them before at places where GWR land met public roads.
Note that the support isn’t 80lb rail but the older (Brunel-designed) “bridge rail”, which the GWR phased out over a 30-40 year period around the end of the 19th century and recycled into this sort of thing - there are probably tens of thousands of fence posts surviving that are made of it.
Rene Magritte, The Lovers, 1928
Magritte’s mother was a suicidal woman, which led her husband, Magritte’s father, to lock her up in her room. One day, she escaped, and was found down a nearby river dead, having drowned herself. According to legend, 13 year old Magritte was there when they retrieved the body from the river. As she was pulled from the water, her dress covered her face. This later became a theme in many of Magritte’s paintings in the 1920’s, portraying people with cloth covering their faces.
a book fountain in Budapest
this is one of the coolest fountains I’ve ever seen
#You and I remember Budapest very differently. #That’s because you were too fascinated by the book fountain to notice anything else. #TASHA. IT WAS A FOUNTAIN THAT LOOKED LIKE A /BOOK./ #I know I was there— #BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW?
[Newquay, Beacon Cove, Cornwall, England] (LOC)
Ian Lawson & Harris Tweed …. what a combination! The book Ian has produced is just breathtakingly beautiful.
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