It has become a tradition at Spetisbury station that the remains of the booking office fireplace are decorated on the run up to Christmas. This year something extra special has appeared thanks to a letter we received from a teacher at a local primary school. This lady asked for a post box where her Year 2 children could post their letters to Santa. Only too happy to oblige, the Spetisbury team has made and painted a festive postbox, and arranged for each child to receive a written reply from Santa or one of his helpers. This is just one example of how we are getting involved with the local community – why not come along to the station and have a look?
On 4th November we took our sales and display stand to the annual Poole & District Model Railway Society exhibition. Unfortunately, a problem with our laptop computer on the day meant we weren’t able to put on the slideshow of ‘then and now’ photos, but otherwise it was a very successful day with lots of interest raised about the Spetisbury Station Project. The star attraction, and winner of the Barry Peacock award for best layout as voted by members of the public, was the superb ‘OO’ gauge model of Bournemouth West station. Sadly now demolished, this was the southern terminus of the Somerset & Dorset railway and trains from the North and The Midlands would have passed through Spetisbury heading south to the seaside at Poole and the end of the line at Bournemouth West.