and Dorset railway exhibition comes to Burnham-On-Sea
travelling exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of closure
of a railway is touring venues across Somerset and Dorset during
2016 and the next stop is Burnham-On-Sea this weekend.
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August the exhibition will take place
in the Baptist Church Hall, College Street from 10am-4pm and will
include S&D museum objects, archive photographs, film and
model railway of the Burnham-On-Sea layout. There will be free
entry to the exhibition and other activities.
attractions include a book signing on Friday 5th by author and
curator Steph Gillett whose recently published book 'The Somerset
& Dorset Railway Through Time' includes many previously unpublished
Saturday 6th there will be performances from the 'Curator of Memories'
Kate McStraw. Kate has been collecting memories and stories of
the S&D Railway and will share these through her curious travelling
performances will take place at 11am & 12pm at Burnham Library,
Princess Street, and then at 2.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall.
They are suitable for all ages.
first public train arrived at Burnham on 3rd May 1858 along with
public celebrations including a tea party for local dignitaries.
the introduction of the Bank Holiday Act in 1871, the original
platform was found to be too short to take the number of coaches
required to bring visitors to the town.
longer, grass covered, excursion platform was made on the opposite
side of the station building and part of this still remains today.
was also on this platform that troop trains disembarked their
passengers, including evacuees to the town. So many people wanted
to use the train to come to Burnham over the Easter Bank holiday
weekend in 1936, 15 trains an hour had to be laid on.
exhibition is part of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trusts
project to mark the anniversary, supported by a £58,000
grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
2016 the Trust is marking this significant event with a travelling
exhibition, events and activities in communities along the routes
of this iconic railway and at their own base at Washford station
on the West Somerset Railway.
project will further keep alive the spirit, history and heritage
of the railway as a major cross country rail route, its importance
to the communities through which it passed, and the social impact
of its closure.
Trust is not just looking nostalgically backwards but hopes to
enthuse and inform younger people and children who may have family
connections or live along the line.
is also the 50th anniversary of establishment of the Trust and
members will celebrate half-a-century of preserving the lines
Trust promotes the spirit and history of the Somerset & Dorset
Railway through exhibitions, publications, events, and through
its museum and restoration centre at Washford station. (Photos
by Nick Tolley and submitted).