steam ahead for Burnham rail project as council gives its backing
to re-introduce a set of railway buffers in Burnham-On-Sea to
celebrate the town's rail heritage have been given a boost.
the Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set
of old railway buffers in Pier Street, where the town's former
railway line previously ended.
project has been boosted by a decision by Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council to take on ownership of the buffers when they have
John Strickland, from the Project Steering Group of North Sedgemoor
Local History Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are very
pleased that at their latest full council meeting, the Town Council
has agreed to accept ownership of the buffers once they are installed."
agreement resolves a significant obstacle and is an important
step in moving the project forward."
buffers have been renovated with a new beam, painted and assembled
and are now ready for installation."
installation, on the pebbled area between the car park and Pier
Street, is very near to where the original Somerset & Dorset
Railway Buffers were."
hope this memorial will prompt local residents to think back to
the time of the sounds and smells of the steam engines in Burnham,
and to encourage holidaymakers to seek more about our towns
history and for children to ask 'what was that thing for?'"
added: "We now have to wait for the legal process to be completed.
We are hopeful that permission will be obtained very soon as this
year marks 160 years since the first train arrived in Burnham."