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New lamppost in the ground

Two down!

… and the new replica GWR type post is in.

At least it looks authentic!

It should be fully operational in time for the carol trains. Come and see it at the Winter Steam Festival.

Many thanks go to Robin White and the team of volunteers who braved the chill and did the hard work, and, of course, for the photographs. The removal of the lamppost in the car park has enabled work to commence on the driveway and the cattle dock, which it is hoped, if permission is granted, will start next year.

New light at Stogumber

Here is the new light fitted on the ticket office.

and this is what it looks like switched on.

On Saturday morning the 25 November we will be removing the two lampposts that have been turned off and digging a hole and planting the new lamppost on the opposite side of the barrow crossing. We are looking for volunteers and if you are interested please contact Robin White by e-mail to Thanks again to Robin for the photographs and Bob Hornby , our electrician.



We need help!

We are digging out the two old ‘corporation’ lampposts and replacing one with a new lamppost for which we need a hole dug.

The picture shows the GWR lamppost we obtained from St Ives in Cornwall and we have purchased a replica to go the other side of the barrow crossing.

If you can help, please e-mail Robin White at She will be co-ordinating the working party under Bob Preston’s management. The working party will start at 10am on Saturday 25 November.

Stogumber station —— the winter programme

The station is closed until Wednesday 27 December when we will be open for the winter festival where we promise you a warm welcome.

We have a new GWR lamppost to replace the one near the barrow walk, seen here in the back of a WSRA van.

Many thanks to Robin White for the photographs and for driving the van.

We are also painting the platform edge, upgrading the heating and lighting in the buildings, getting the model railway running for 2018 and starting the cattle dock project.

So see you at the winter festival or see you next year when we will have plenty of changes for you to see.




Any old pictures?

Alan Bines is now the new Chairman of FoSS and Peter Cox is now our Archivist. Both Peter and Bob Preston would like to hear from anyone who has old photographs of the station or stories from the time they used to travel on it before it was closed in 1971.

Visit us in October

October is your last opportunity to visit Stogumber Station until the final week of the year. We promise a warm reception with bacon rolls and cream teas while stocks last.


See you then?


New GWR chairs arrive at Stogumber


Here are two of the four GWR chairs that we have had restored. They really look the part.

Any visitors this month will be treated to a warm fire on cold days and bacon rolls while stocks last.

Flying Scotsman Update 3

Here are a few of those moments when we catch people off guard.

We see our bakery chef, Gil, taking a much earned rest.

When asked how she copes with all the baking, she responded “Oh, it’s a piece of cake!”

We are still selling Gil’s cakes at the Autumn Gala.

In the centre are Station Master, Alan Bines and his wife Maggie with Rita and Mike, caption : “We are really busy!”

The other caption could be “Quick, it is not raining”.

and here is our other Station Master, Bob Preston, just before the visit with the caption : “So this is retirement!”

This is the only moment we have seen Bob sitting all week.

What are these three cooking up? (Maggie, Jen and Gil)

Answer : Bacon for the rolls.

We will be selling our famous Bacon Rolls at the Autumn Gala, see you there?

….. and of course our special guest!

Thank you to Alan Bines, Peter Cox and Robin White for the photographs.

Flying Scotsman update

Here are a picture of some of the people enjoying a cream tea and watching Flying Scotsman.

and some more ……

Flying Scotsman will be back on Saturday through to Tuesday and coming through Stogumber Station at these times

10 23     13 08      14 36      17 46

Come and enjoy the refreshments and relax in the convivial environment.

Visiting Stogumber

Steve Lewis spent a day at Stogumber in July 2017. Here is his video diary.

Thanks Steve. We hope to see you many more times here at Stogumber, from all your friends at FOSS.