work party 5th March

The squally, wintry showers didn’t keep us away from the station today! And the frequent sunny spells did provide some spectacular lighting too. Springtime is definitely just around the corner, with a nice display of daffodils now growing on the bank behind the ‘up’ platform. In fact everything is starting to grow again – grass and weeds included! So today we strimmed some of the grass on the platforms, and cleared some overgrowth from around the site of the old signal box. The foundations of the signal box remain fenced off, as its location adjacent to the road bridge parapet present health & safety concerns. It was also a good opportunity to inspect the recent work carried out to the North Dorset Trailway access ramp at Spetisbury station, done under Dorset County Council supervision for improvement works scheduled to begin soon. It didn’t escape us that it was on this very weekend, 51 years ago, that the Somerset & Dorset railway closed to regular passenger services. We are doing our bit to ensure the legacy of this once important railway survives.

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