A new replica railway platform name sign has been installed alongside Burnham-On-Sea’s Marine Drive where the town’s former railway station was once located.
The Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group installed the Platform Name Sign on the original excursion platform of Burnham’s long-demolished train station.
It’s the first element of an ongoing project to install physical artefacts to mark the route of the railway between Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
It comes as 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of the former Somerset & Dorset line in 1966.
The sign was put into position by builder David Clapp, who lasy year carried out the installation of the railway buffers on the corner of Pier Street and The South Esplanade.
“The group would like to thank the following for their support specifically with the sign-board element of the project, also our sponsors in kind – John Bowland; Ian Farthing; Wane Anker; Gremlins Carnival Club; The Woodpile; Mike Lawrence; J&L Paints; Burnham and Highbridge Town Council; Nick Tolley plus the shops and businesses who have supported us through the display of our collecting boxes,” said spokesman Paul Hambleton.
“The next element to go ahead will be the making and the erection of a signal post in Marine Drive. We are still seeking financial support for this and any contributions will be gratefully received.”
“We are most grateful for significant financial donations from Burnham and District Model Railway Club, and Co-operative Funeral Care which have made this project possible.”