closed, but still open!

Our first Open Day on Saturday 17th September was a great success, with warm sunny weather for most of the day which brought a steady stream of visitors. The breezy conditions did cause a few moments of panic with the exhibition tents and display boards threatening to blow away, but we overcame these in the end! The event marked the closure of Spetisbury station exactly 60 years previously, with displays of archive photographs of the station as well as artefacts unearthed on site. There were also information panels about the much loved (and much missed) Somerset & Dorset railway, sales stands and a book signing. Our teas, cakes and hot food proved a big hit too – and we sold out of burgers and hot dogs, which can’t be bad!

The event raised new awareness in the Spetisbury Station Project, and we would like to extend our thanks to members of the Blandford Forum Railway Club and the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust for supporting us on the day, Tesco (Blandford) for donating catering supplies and to the local landowner for allowing parking on private land for the event.

September news

Back in May we reported that a journalist had visited the station in preparation for an article to feature in Dorset Life magazine. We are delighted to see a two page article appear in the September issue to coincide with our Open Day on 17th September.

The team has also just built and installed these sturdy steps to give easier access to the ‘up’ platform for visitors. They were made using timber donated to the project.


We have also just set up a Just Giving fundraising webpage to enable us to receive online donations more easily and securely. Of course we are still more than happy to receive donations by cash, cheque or postal order – please click here for further details.