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Retaining Wall question

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DXM

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Does anybody know what this is?
 

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Any chance of a bit more context - whereabouts in the country, wider photo etc.? Is it next to a railway line? How high above the ground?


And welcome to the forum!
 

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It's in the West Country, I'm afraid I don't know where.

And it's on a retaining wall immediately adjacent to the railway...so must be something railway related.
 

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...and no, not the white stuff, the metal bar hanging down.
 

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I wonder if there was once a stay wire from that loop to a tall signal or telegraph pole?
 

theageofthetra

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Annoyingly that looks so familiar but I just can't remember where there used to be one just like that. You can see the circular rust stains on the wall where it has been swung about.
 

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I did think that the missing brick directly above the bar was probably not just a coincidence, but if it were intended to be vertical, then what supported it?

Could it have been something signalling related possibly 'Token/Staff' related?
 

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The lump on the end of the rod, implies to me, that it was used as some sort of retainer for keeping a door or hatch open.
The lump fitting into a socket of some description.
That lump is simply a hexagon nut.

I do, however, like Trog's idea of a cable stay.
 
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