I'm modelling the late fifties/early sixties. Was there a standard
practice as to whether fencing rails were on the track side of the
posts or the outward side? I saw both on a train journey from
Newmarket to Norwich yesterday, but I'm conscious the practice may
have been different 50 years ago.
I understand the Bluebell Railway has its own 'Fencing Group'. Their
fences, from simple wooden to complex concrete designs, date back
between 50 & 120 years. They attempt to follow, as far as possible,
LBSCR & Southern Railway practice
You could try contacting Geoffrey Snow
firstname.lastname@example.org, who is also after volunteers for the
group, for advice.
They will all be a bit busy at the moment as I understand the recent
heavy rains has washed away several parts of the track bed.
My perception of 60's fencing is that it was predominanly concrete
posts with wire through the middle. For wooden fencing, I'd assume
that the rails would be on the field side, as that would help
prevent animals pushing through (that's the way we did it on the
I would think that fences erected by the railway and not required to keep
out farm animals would have the boards on the railway side, for the sake
of appearance and ease of access for maintenance. Perimeter fencing
adjoining a public way might have the boards on the outside.