An original Running In Board has returned to Crewkerne Railway Station. One of two British Rail Southern Region green enamel signs that were removed from the station in 1978, the running in board which is 10 feet in length and 2 feet high, was originally situated at the end of the down platform. Friends of Crewkerne Station (FOCS) are delighted to have acquired it and station volunteers recently took the sign to its original position, in front of the flowerbeds. They are looking for ways to reinstate it on the platform and make it a permanent feature at the station.
Friends of Crewkerne Station history group convenor Mike Frackiewicz said: “The sign has a bit of a history. British Rail corporate signage had changed back in the late 1960s but Crewkerne station for some reason was overlooked and the old signs were not removed until over a decade later. We have some old photos of the signs at the station.”
The Friends of Crewkerne Station are not just about history and have made many modern improvements for passengers at the railway station. Their next task will be presenting members concerns about proposed changes in the service by the new franchisees First South Western MTR. Many passengers, departing from Crewkerne, use Woking station to get to Heathrow Airport and Clapham Junction station to access stations in urban London. A statement from the new company states that cutting out stops at these two stations, will make the journey to Waterloo slightly quicker. FOCS are concerned that this will be detrimental to passengers from Crewkerne and are working with the strategic group SERUG, to put their views to First Group.