On Sunday 17th December we held our usual Christmas get-together at the station. Considering the cold, damp weather we were pleased to see so many visitors, many of whom stopped for a chat and something to eat and drink. Bearing in mind we have no electricity or running water at the station site and everything has to be carried up to the platform, we managed to supply hot freshly-cooked bacon, brie and cranberry baps, warm mince pies and other festive savouries washed down with tea, coffee or a hot mulled fruit drink. It was good to see several regular visitors and supporters of the Project too. It has become a tradition that Santa makes an appearance in the old booking office, and this year was no exception!
Two members of the team have been busy making a wooden replica of a concrete gradient post that used to be positioned at the southern end of the platforms. This indicated to southbound engine crews the change of gradient from level through the station to 1 in 100 up towards Bailey Gate. Once a final coat of paint has been applied, this will be fixed in place in the new year.
The team will be at the station for a final time this year on Christmas Eve from about 10am until 1pm (sorry, no refreshments that day….) and we would like to wish all supporters of the Spetisbury Station Project a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For dates when we shall be on site during 2018, please click here.