Month: September 2018

The Trustees are pleased to announce that the re-upholstering of the two Stogumber station seats they agreed to fund earlier in the year is now complete and visitors to the station can sit in comfort whilst they wait for their train or partake of some refreshment.

The re-upholstering of the two bench seats was undertaken with advice and guidance from Ian Colbey on heritage, and funded by the WSRA. The 8 foot long fully upholstered seat is in the booking office (where delicious refreshments can also be purchased) and the smaller bench with only the seat upholstered is in the waiting room on the platform, along with a model railway layout recently gifted to the station.  They form part of an ongoing programme of improvements at Stogumber, that make the little station a joy to visit.

Peter Mann reports:

A small team from S&T, comprising Peter Mann, Bob Birkenhead and Bernie Martin, have successfully installed a new set of lever leads in Williton Signal Box.This was made possible by the funding support from the WSR Association, which was much appreciated. The leads were engraved by Phil Taphouse of P&S Engraving in Carhampton.

The job itself turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated as we hit a number of problems.  The main issue was that to meet the specification laid down by Signal Engineer John Jenkins, the font on the new leads needed to be as similar as possible to the fonts used on an original set of leads in John’s possession, which came from the old Westbury Signal box. It turned out that these exact fonts were not now available in the digital world, so we had to work very closely with the engraver over a number of months to match the fonts, necessitating many trials and test versions. In the end we had to select a variety of fonts for different letters and numerals. We are very grateful for Phil Taphouse’s expertise and perseverance. We are pleased with the final result, the leads look very good and they help to complete the WN loop extension project.

The photos attached show the new leads in place.

The July draw for the WSRA 50:50 club was made at the end of August and the winning ticket numbers  can be viewed HERE. Cheques are on their way to the lucky winners!