STATION FRIENDS AGREE TO BID FOR LOST RAILWAY SIGNS

The Friends of Crewkerne Station agreed to bid for two lost railway signs, that were coming up for auction, at their annual general meeting in the town hall. After confirming a top bid of £200 for both signs, which had a guide price of £30 each, the Friends were quietly optimistic that the station signs would be coming back to Crewkerne. They were left astounded when the Southern Region green enamel rectangular sign for Crewkerne station with an arrow pointing left, sold for £420.00 and the other sign of the same colour, size and design marked Crewkerne Station Entrance reached a hammer price of £800.00. Both lots were in a specialist sale of Railwayana at Chippenham Auction Rooms. They were among a vast private collection of railway memorabilia, owned by a railway enthusiast and discovered in a garage in Wiltshire.

At their meeting in Crewkerne, the Friends of Crewkerne Station also discussed the possibility of having an electric supply connected to the old station pump house and insulating the building, to provide a brighter and warmer place for station exhibits on their open days. Proposed changes to the train timetable by South Western Railway, which will come into force in December 2018, raised much concern, with an extra commuter train on weekday mornings from Yeovil Junction to Exeter St Davids not scheduled to stop at Crewkerne. The Friends were also concerned about proposals to reduce the number of main line trains stopping at Woking and Clapham Junction, in an effort to speed up rail journeys that would effectively save about six minutes of travelling time.

Friends of Crewkerne Station are keen to find out what passengers and likely rail users think of the proposals. They will be carrying out a survey at Crewkerne station and attended Crewkerne Farmers Market on Saturday at Henhayes with a questionnaire. The consultation period to comment on the railway company’s latest proposals is open until December 22nd www.southwesternrailway.com/timetableconsultation

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