Railway Heritage Group given £850 financial boost
Railway Heritage Group has been given a £850 boost this week.
community group is overseeing the installation of historic artefacts
around the site of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway line
received a cheque for £850 from Burnham and Distict Model
Railway Club's John Langley on Thursday following the sale of custom-made
model railway carriages.
Popham, Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group Chairperson, thanked
the group and said: "We really loved the idea of you designing
a carriage and selling it on our behalf."
will put this towards getting a replica signal box built and put
explained that once planning consent is secured, the replica signal
box will be given to the Town Council. It will then be available
to hire by local groups for fundraising through the sale of items
such as poppies, flags, tickets, crafts, carnival programmes and
railway artefacts have already been installed by the group during
recent years to commemorate Burnham-On-Seas railway heritage.
items include a replica Station Name Board, located on the site
of the former excursion platform of the station.
Signal, adjacent to the base of the original signal controlling
the entrance to the station/coal yard, has also been built.
information panel, showing the layout of the station and track plan
as it was in 1929, has also been sited in the High Street Car Park
(formerly the coal yard).
vane, the pointer of which is a railway locomotive carrying the
number of the last engine to leave Burnham-On-Sea, has also been
positioned on the Town Green.
addition, a section of the former Marine Drive from the entrance
to Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village to the junction with Pier Street
was renamed Old Station Approach. This section of roadway largely
follows the track-bed of the line from Burnham-On-Sea to Highbridge.
Popham added: "Donations are very much appreciated for our
projects, however large or small, and can go direct into our Lloyds
Bank account, number 17958160, sort code 30-16-95."
The handover of the cheque to the Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage
Group (photos Burnham-On-Sea.com / David Pearce)