Ceremony held to open Burnham-On-Sea railway signal box
new replica railway signal box celebrating Burnham-On-Sea's rail
heritage has been formally uneviled.
new wooden signal box has been installed in Old Station Approach
at the same spot where Burnham-On-Sea's railway station was once
opening of the new building took place on Saturday (8th September),
led by Rev Richard Allen from St Andrew's Church and Ann Popham
of Burnham's Railway Heritage Group, alongside the Mayor, Mayoress
and 30 residents.
was cut to mark the opening by a former member of the railway staff
who worked at Highbridge's railway station signal box.
Mayor said: "This signal box is a wonderful addition to the
town's railway memorabilia - and I congratulate Ann and the team
for introducing it."
will be there for future generations to learn about Burnham's railway
history and will hopefully bring more visitors into the town."
keys were handed over to Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress,
Cllr Bill Hancock and Frances Hancock, by the Railway Heritage Group,
as pictured below.
date of the unveiling was scheduled to coincide with the anniversary
of Burnham's summer railway excursions ending on 8th September 1962.
new railway signal box, which has been funded by fundraising and
a National Lottery grant, is available to hire for community groups
and local charities.
the building, the Mayor and Mayoress were the first to sign the
visitors book and browse over the railway history material and visitor
recent years, other railway items installed in Burnham include a
set of railway buffers, a station name board, a signal, information
board, and a rail-themed weather vane.
hoped that the new signal box will be used as a pop-up shop selling
charity or community group items such as tombola tickets, theatre
tickets, programmes, flags, poppy wreaths, wood turning items, cards,
crafts, paintings, portraits, books and games," said a spokesperson.
Those interested should contact Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
on 01278 788088.
railway station in Burnham's Pier Street was opened on 3rd May 1858
with the name 'Burnham' and it was not until 12th July 1920 that
the suffix 'on-Sea' was added.
station closed to regular passenger traffic in October 1951, although
summer excursions continued until 8th September 1962.