Spectators lined the platform at Crewkerne Railway Station on Saturday to see the Atlantic Coast Express hauled by steam engine 35028 Clan Line pass through on its journey to Exeter. The historic occasion was captured on camera by Friends Of Crewkerne Station historian Mike Frackiewicz. The speed of which the steam locomotive thundered through the station took many keen photographers by surprise, while others managed to record the event on film. The road bridge above the station was also packed with steam rail enthusiasts and families who had brought their young children along, many seeing a steam train for the first time, were delighted and commented that “it was a marvellous experience.” The steam tour of the West Country was organised by UK Rail Tours with the locomotive carrying on to Exeter with a stop over to allow passengers to visit the city before returning to London on the GWR line via the Avon Valley.
Members of Friends Of Crewkerne Station were at the station to hand out booklets on Great Days Out on the Blackmore Vale Line (Crewkerne to Tisbury) and talk to people interested in becoming members of FOCS. Next year is the 160th Anniversary of the opening of Crewkerne station, although the building itself was erected in 1859. FOCS are planning a special summer Open Day to commemorate the occasion, which will include a history display in the waiting room and they are hoping that the town will support this historic event. FOCS membership forms are available in the waiting room at the station. For more information, please email chairman firstname.lastname@example.org