What are seat back signs, I hear you ask? Well, the railways used to like lettering many items with the company initials or station name, including platform benches. This early photograph probably from Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway days just about shows the name SPETISBURY painted on the back support of the bench on the ‘up’ platform. The station master seems to have an important piece of paper in his hand whilst the porter takes a break from sweeping the platform whilst the photographer gets his picture!
Interestingly, a seat back sign from Spetisbury still survives in private ownership but this appears to be a later enamel version provided by the Southern Railway. Of course, we will aim to provide something similar to one of the benches at the station to add an air of railway authenticity.