Friends of Crewkerne Station were delighted to acquire recently one of the two original BR Southern Region Green enamel Running In Boards which were removed from the station in 1978. The Running in Board is 10 feet long and 2 feet high and was one of two which were originally situated at each end of the up and down platforms.
FOCS History group convenor Mike Frackiewicz says
“The sign has a bit of a history. British Rail corporate signage had changed back in the late 1960’s, but Crewkerne Station for some reason was overlooked and the old signs were not removed until over a decade later. We have some old photos of the signs at the station.
This week the station volunteers took the sign to the original position by the flowerbed that has been reinstated by the Friends. They are looking for ways to make it a permanent feature at the station. The Friends of Crewkerne Station are not just about history but have made many modern improvements for users of the station.
The next task for the Friends of Crewkerne station will be presenting members concerns about proposed changes in the service by the new Franchisees, First South Western MTR. Many users of this rail service use Woking station to get to Heathrow Airport, and Clapham Junction station to access stations in urban London. A statement from the new company says cutting out stops at these stations will make the journey to Waterloo slightly quicker. The Friends of the station are very concerned that this will be detrimental to passengers from Crewkerne and are working with the strategic group SERUG to put their views to First Group.