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Stogumber Station – this Easter

Visiting the station this Easter to

  • sit in our delightful garden and watch the trains or enjoy our refreshments
  • see the renovations to the cattle dock (picture from Robin White below)
  • see the model set with new rolling stock
  • see the plans for the cattle dock in the waiting room

Stogumber Station opens on Saturday 30 March

Here is the timetable for the period up to Thursday 18 April.

The trains stop at all stations between Bishops Lydeard and Watchet.

There is a handy 53 or 67 minutes between trains to enjoy our hospitality.

Bishops Lydeard 10 15 11 53 12 15 13 53 14 15 15 53
……
Stogumber 10 39 11 32 12 39 13 32 14 39 15 32
……
Watchet 11 00 11 10 13 00 13 10 15 00 15 10
  steam diesel steam diesel steam diesel

The steam engine will be SDJR 53808 and the diesel will be class 33 Crompton D6566.

We can offer you

  • three new volunteers Shirley, Phil and Janet, as well as your old favourites plus ‘Friends’ Chairman Terry, ‘Friends’ membership secretary Jean and Nigel,
  • all the usual refreshments with cream teas,
  • the model railway with new rolling stock,
  • the improvements to the cattle dock with work progressing during the timetable,
  • spring flowers and shrubs in the garden.

  Cream Teas will be available from Saturday

with homemade scones.

 

Work at the station continues …

I thank volunteer Steve Lewis for these photographs.

Station Master Bob Preston with Ian Rew are inserting the supports for the new uprights.

Shirl and Steve have removed most of the growth in the 4 foot and the cess and painted the walkway.

“Before …”

“… and after”

and the walkway.

 

 

Members and volunteers

WE NEED YOU !

Listen to Mr Churchill.

“If you love this station we are still looking for volunteers for the coming season.”

Station master Bob Preston with Steve Lewis are seeking volunteers at the Stogumber Freshers Day on Saturday 9th March.

Use the contact form to state your interest in volunteering or, alternatively, to register your interest by becoming a supporter and joining FOSS.

 

 

What’s new at Stogumber Station?

Here we can reveal that the steps to the cattle dock have been completed.

It can be clearly seen that the five surviving original steps have been laid and the sixth one had to be cast. The task now is to age the new step. Congratulations to Bob Preston and his team. Bob and Ian are clearing the top surface for the railing supports and Vic and Steve have removed the broken fence to the old vegetable plot and the new fence will be installed soon. Bob is also re-pointing the brickwork facing the station. There will be a lot to see when the railway starts operation again on 30 March.

 

Cattle Dock further update

Thanks to Steve Lewis we have evidence of further work on the cattle dock.

Here you can see the scaffolding to protect the workers, Bob and Ian, to whom we are indebted for their hard work as they work on the steps and the top surface.

When asked about the progress of work, Station Master Bob Preston was reported to say ” One step at a time…!”.

and now (15/02) 4 steps …

Our treasurer says “This work is only made possible by the generous donations from our Friends.”

So why not come and visit us, we are open most days starting 30 March.

Look at the WSR website for details.

Stogumber in the snow

Many thanks to Robin White for these photographs of views that we so rarely see.

..a view towards Station House

  

.. the path                                  

.. the station building

..the platform

..further up the platform

.. the station entrance

.. the view towards Crowcombe Heathfield

Please remember the station is closed until 30 March when the WSR re-opens.

FOSS Membership 2019

It is time to renew your membership and we are all very grateful for your support and donations which have enabled us to keep improving the station. This year WSR will have to spend money on infrastructure so it is unlikey they will be in a position to help us out. In 2018 we spent over £1500  on the cattle dock, mainly removing 10 tons of soil and debris and on purchasing bricks to repair the walls. This year we plan to do much more as well as replace the other two running-in boards. There is still plenty of maintenance to do with fences a priority.

Cattle dock update

Robin White provides evidence that further work has taken place to restore the cattle dock, here the first step has been cast.