After agreement has been reached with WSR Chairman Ian Coleby, work has started on the refurbishment of the cattle dock as can be seen below.
Thanks go to Robin White for the photograph.
Here are two views of Stogumber station you may not have seen before.
The one above shows the ticket office with a train in the station and some goods wagons waiting.
Where have I seen that signal box?
This second one shows a view of the road with a goods train passing, it must be a gala?
You can only see these views at Stogumber station.
Those of you, who have spotted that the last up train of the day does not stop at Stogumber, will be pleased to know that it now WILL stop at Stogumber. After pressure from stationmaster Alan Bines, WSR have announced that this train on the brown and yellow timetables will stop at Stogumber, a victory for commonsense. The train is the three unit DMU.
The portion from the yellow timetable is shown below. Stogumber remains an ideal station from which to start and finish your journey. We have parking for a number of cars, a buffet and restrooms.
Remember, this train will stop at Stogumber.
You will receive a warm welcome at this Gala with all our usual fare including bacon baps, sausage rolls, pasties and Gil’s homemade cakes. The gala starts on Thursday 22 March and finishes on Sunday 25 March.
There will be a fire to warm you on cold days and an unrivalled opportunity to see the engines as they go up and down. We will also have a new cook book on sale for just £3.
The visiting locomotives include
BR(W) 57XX class 0-6-0T no. 7714
BR(W) 6959 ‘Modified Hall’ Class 4-6-0 no. 6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’
GWR 14XX class 0-4-2T no.1450 and Autotrailer no. 178
GWR 94xx class 0-6-0PT no. 9466
the full details are on the WSR Gala website
the full timetable is on the WSR timetable page
The Permanent Way Gang found a walking stick in the undergrowth. It has a hard wood handle and a painted coloured stick with flowers, probably belonging to a lady. It is in the Booking Office.
We open 10 – 18 February 2018 (except Monday and Friday) and then two weekends in March before the Spring Gala entitled “Great Western Routes and Branches” from Thursday 22 March to Sunday 25 March, full details are on the WSR website Spring Gala
We look forward to seeing you and we will have the usual fare and extra items on offer for this gala.
Here are the days when the WSR is open in February and March.
Michael Portillo’s programme “Great British Railway Journeys” was broadcast on Thursday but it is still available on iplayer.
Michael described Stogumber Station as ‘picturesque’ and ‘barely to have changed since Sharp’s time (Edwardian period)’.
Here are a few stills from the programme. Michael aboard the train from Bishop’s Lydeard.
arriving at Stogumber
greeting the volunteers
and off to Halsway Manor
The programme, which was partly filmed on the WSR, will be shown on Thursday 11 January on BBC2 at 6 30 pm.
The programme is entitled “Taunton to Newton Abbot” and the advertisement states “Michael Portillo is led a merry dance in Stogumber – all in the name of fertility”. A short sequence was filmed at Stogumber Station which we hope is retained in the final version.