Keeping the railway theme going, had a letter this week from recent member Andy York who definitely gets the society “jizz” and writes:
“As a new member I thought I’d send a pic of something different over to you. Although they are poles and stick up and probably were used for their intended purposes in a previous life their existential purpose is stopping something falling down rather than holding it up.
Taken on the West Somerset Railway in April 2016 (between Williton and Stogumber – two fine names) the stringy bits are obviously intended to stop the wiry bits falling down enough to entangle big moving metal bits.
I really couldn’t and wouldn’t have put it more eloquently myself Andy, and to answer your other question, YES, September 21st is always Telegraph Pole Appreciation Day. And one day Wikipedia*1 will reflect this as fact and I will then know that my time on earth wasn’t wasted.
*1 Other online ipedias are available, probably.