August 2, 2011
project launched to celebrate Burnham-On-Sea's
Burnham-On-Sea history enthusiasts have this week launched a project
to return a piece of the town's railway heritage to the seafront.
Strickland and Terry Temlett, pictured, are planning to restore
an old railway buffer stop - identical to one that used to be
located in Burnham's Pier Street until the 1960s - and get it
located on an area of stones outside the Reed's Arms as a reminder
of the town's rich railway history.
launch of the project comes after an offer was made to Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council of a buffer stop that is currently
based at the former Royal Ordnance Factory near Woolavington.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There is nothing left in the form
of a lasting memorial to this part of the town's heritage. Indeed,
you are a 'local' and know where to look, there is nothing left
of the former railway to see."
Town Council is very keen to install this railway artifact, which
is almost identical to the one that used to be at the locomotive
head shunt near the jetty."
added: "We want to place it in a prominent position, near
to the former station, as a lasting and fitting memorial. We already
have had a meeting with the County Council's Highways department
and they were supportive about the plan as well, though we will
need to get formal authority."
would also very much like to get it installed and unveiled on
Saturday September 8th, 2012 - which is the 50th anniversary of
the day and date of the last passenger train in Burnham. It would
be do fitting if the official unveiling of the buffer stop memorial
could happen on this day."
this belated chance to form a lasting reminder of the town's railway
is to be realised, some financial and material help will be very
buffer stop has been donated free of charge, but it needs to be
moved, cleaned, installed and painted."
appealed: "If this project brings back happy memories of
days gone by, perhaps readers of Burnham-On-Sea.com will be stirred
to offer some much needed help and encouragement."
first of all is someone, or a company, who has the equipment to
break-out a length of concrete which is holding one side of the
buffer stop and preventing its removal."
second requirement will be to lift and transport the buffer stop,
either to the final site, or to somewhere to be cleaned and painted.
It weighs about two tons but could be split in two parts for moving."
third requirement will be for piece of timber to replace the rotting
buffer beam, and our fourth need is for cleaning and painting
materials. Finally, at some point, some willing muscle will be
donations will also be gratefully received towards the project
and a dedicated project bank account has been set up at HSBC,
The Buffer Stop Memorial Project, account number 11301578, sort
further details about the project and how to help, contact John
on 01278 788680 or Terry on 01934 512943.
Pictured: (From Top) John and Terry holding the plans at the
location where the buffers will be sited; How the original buffers
looked outside the Queen's Hotel (now the Reed's Arms); A view
of the railway track stretching along Pier Street; The buffers
in Woolavington that have been donated to the Town Council; and,
how Burnham Railway Station looked in the 1960s (with the lifeboat
station and TA8s cafe on the right)