The main job today was finishing off the concrete base for a wooden bench on the ‘up’ platform, to replace one of the benches damaged last year. When fully set, the bench will be firmly fixed in position. The Spetisbury Station Project has paid for or donated the materials for this job, and it will be a welcome addition to the seating already provided on site. In response to more horses and their riders passing along the North Dorset Trailway at Spetisbury station, we have now provided a hitching point on the wooden steps leading up to the ‘up’ platform.
One member of the team has just made a really nice model of the old Spetisbury station building, which doubles as a cash donations jar. This member has also provided a new community notice board which has been placed at the site of the old signal box. The team did excavate the foundations of this signal box previously, but it was then fenced it off due to its proximity to the road bridge parapet. However, we now have permission from Dorset County Council to clear vegetation from the foundations again and in time we will provide an information board explaining what the signal box looked like and how it worked.
We were pleased to sign-up more supporters of the Project at the station today. If you are interested in joining us, either as a full member of just a supporter, please click here for more details. A couple of local ladies also popped up and agreed to adopt a flower bed, which is a big help. We are always on the look out for people to help with the many flower beds around the station site, so if you would like to help, please get in touch. Also, thank you to the owners of a house adjacent to the station who have donated a few old wooden railway sleepers. Although they are not in the best condition, we hope to display these on site as they provide a nice link to Spetisbury’s railway past.
Meanwhile, in a back garden in Poole, work is progressing on painting the two replica station running in boards. These are big, at over 7ft long, but are still probably a bit smaller than the real things. They will be placed one on each platform, in the same position as the originals. These have been mostly funded by a donation from Spetisbury Parish Council.