This photo has just come our way, a really wintry scene taken at Spetisbury. We don’t have any other details of the year, etc, but the winter of 1962/63 was particularly harsh with widespread blizzards across south west England. In fact, the northern part of the Somerset & Dorset line over the Mendip Hills became blocked for a time. The locomotive is a former Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 on a goods train, possibly from Evercreech Junction to Poole. The location is the bridge (now demolished) over Louse Lane at the southern end of the village. The train has just passed through the cutting made through the lower slopes of Spetisbury Rings hill fort. During construction of the railway in 1857, a large number of human skeletons were unearthed here – read the full story on the station history page.
At the moment it’s not snow that prevents us from working at the station, but Covid-19! Due to the lockdown, we are not able to hold work parties but we will be back in action just as soon as we can! Please check the events diary page for further information.