Network Rail has been working on the line hereabouts. I thought I should 'inspect' the work that's been done!
here, describes these as a 'series of bings', and calls them 'barrow pits'.
I've always thought of them as 'Wamphray's pyramids'!
Such beautiful things, and such a contrast to the horror that happened a 100 years ago, some miles south of Wamphray. I wrote a little about Britain's worst railway accident at Quintinshill a year ago (here) and wondered then why this dreadful accident was not particularly well remembered. This has changed. There will be a number of commemoration events, including one attended by the Princess Royal, and even a television programme on BBC Two Scotland at 21.00 tomorrow (Wednesday, May 20). This is to be repeated on Thursday, May 21, at 21.00 on BBC Four.
How the accident happened can be found here, here, and here, and the book by Jack Richards and Adrian Searle (here) has all the details and is a compelling read. I had wondered what happened to the survivors, and my questions were answered in this book by Peter Sain Ley Berry.
One hundred years on, at 06.50 on Friday, I know what I'll be thinking about.
Photos © Skip Cottage