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Weekend of Special Events at West Somerset Railway Stations

(06/05/2011 @ 14:41:00)

Two special events are taking place at stations along the West Somerset Railway over the weekend of May 14th and 15th, one at Washford Station and the other at Stogumber.

 

On the Saturday 14th the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust will have their Museum and restoration base at Washford Station open. The Trust’s aims are dedicated to preserving the memory of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway which ran from Bath ( Green Park) station to Bournemouth West with branch lines to Burnham – on –Sea, Bridgwater and Wells and which closed in 1966. The Museum exhibits rolling stock related to the line, a horse drawn delivery dray and many smaller artefacts. However the largest item in their collection is 7F freight engine number 88, one of two survivors of a class built specifically for the S&D to work heavy trains over the Mendip Hills. The locomotive normally works trains on the West Somerset Railway but for the Washford Weekend it will be on display in the station yard. The Trust’s sales counter will be open selling many of the books and films about the S&D published in recent years.

 

On Sunday May 15th the newly constructed waiting room at Stogumber station will be officially opened.  It is a recreation of the original structure which had unfortunately rotted beyond repair and it has been completed following many years of fund-raising by the Friends of Stogumber Station and work by volunteers. The formal opening is at 2.00 p.m. Stogumber Station sells light refreshments including cream teas and there are picnic chairs and tables in the station gardens for visitors who would like to enjoy these in the peaceful surroundings of the Quantock Hills.

 

West Somerset Railway General Manager Paul Conibeare said "The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust has been an important part of the WSR since we beagn to re-open the line and the Friends of Stogumber Station was one of the first to come together to preserve and enhance one of the ten stations along our twenty mile journey. We hope that they will attract many visitors to see their work and perhaps even join them. Car parking at both Washford and Stogumber is limited so we would advise intending visitors that the best way to travel is by one of our trains.
 
For comment on this release please contact:  Paul Conibeare via 01643 700388 or paul.gm@wsrail.net  

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