A replica railway signal has been erected in Burnham-On-Sea this week as part of an ongoing project to celebrate the town’s rail history.
The Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group has installed the signal in the recently-renamed Old Station Approach, previously known as Marine Drive.
This is the second major artefact that the group has installed along the route of the former Somerset & Dorset railway line between Burnham and Highbridge. A railway platform sign was unveiled earlier this summer.
The new signal has been installed adjacent to the remains of the original signal, which has been retained as part of the heritage.
The group says the signal would have been used to controll access to Burnham’s former railway station and goods yard. The signal also features a solar-powered red light to give passers-by a feel for how it used to operate.
“This is the second major artefact that the group has installed this year and future plans relate to the provision of an information board and possibly further items,” said a spokesman.
“We are grateful to all those who have supported the project – a formal ‘unveiling’ will take place soon.”
“Additionally, we are currently considering attempting the restoration of a vintage railway carriage and we are seeking volunteers who have suitable knowledge and skills and who could assist and/or manage such a task to get involved in what will be a long term and no doubt time hungry project. If you can help please contact the Chairman on 01278 782336 or Treasurer on 01278 788452, calling before 7.30pm.”
The group is holding a fundraising quiz night at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham’s Victoria Street this Friday, 12th August when quiz teams are welcome at 8pm.
Pictured: Top, the new signal being lowered into place and, above, the team behind the building of the replica