rail heritage project brings buffers back to town
project to bring a set of railway buffers back to Burnham-On-Sea
seafront to celebrate the town's rail heritage has been completed
this week following six years of negotiations.
Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project has installed a set of old
railway buffers at the top of Pier Street, where the town's former
railway line previously ended.
Strickland, on behalf of the Buffer Memorial Project Team and
the North Sedgemoor Local History Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
he was relieved that the buffers have finally been installed.
"It has taken since 2009, when discussions were first made
with BAE Systems about the recovery of a buffer stop from the
former ROF Bridgwater Site at Puriton, to obtain all the necessary
legal authorisations for the installation in this pebbled area,"
"So why did we not choose an alternative area to the pebbled
one? Many of our older residents will remember the days when holidaymakers
and day-trippers flocked to Burnham on the Somerset and Dorset
Railway and saw the engine unhook from the coaches, travel up
the line towards a buffer stop before reversing back to re-join
the coaches for their return journey. The location of the Memorial
Buffer Stop is very close to where the original railway line was
and within a stones throw of where the original buffer stop
A formal unveiling ceremony is being planned for 11 am on 19th
August followed by a service of blessing by the Reverend Graham
Witts at 11.45 am in St Andrew's Church.
hope this memorial will serve to bring back memories of our long
lamented railway to our older residents; to encourage visitors
to come and see the historic features on our Heritage Trail and
for children to ask 'what is that funny looking thing doing there?'"
He went on to thank those who have suppported the project including
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council,
Somerset County Council, Larkins 99p shop, The S&D Public
House, HSBC College Street, Wetherspoons Pier Street, Hurleys
Toy and Newspaper shop, The Toy Cupboard, The Handbag Shop, Bessies
Sweet Shop, The Railway Hotel, Material Needs, The Round Tower
Guest House, The Old Pier Tavern, Burnham Printers & Stationers,
Moose International, Butterworth & Jones, Positive Wealth
Creation Ltd and the Co-op Funeral Care, Adam Street plus those
who made direct donations to the funds.
and Highbridge's Mayor Martin Cox has this week praised the group
for their work in seeing the project through. "Top marks
to them for their perseverence - it's great to see the buffers
How the original buffers in Burnham's Pier Street looked