Williton Station Master, John Parsons, checks out the station delivery bike before lending it, along with sack trucks and other station equipment, to Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre for their forthcoming production of The Railway Children.
See also his pennant fame shown in our 2019 photo gallery.
John Byfield has been busy as ever, this time repairing and renewing the road sign on the A39, which you see by the right-hand turn to the station when driving from West Quontoxshead, dissuading drivers from taking the Highbridge lane. The sign was blown down and badly damaged in the spring storms.
Our photo, taken by Richard Salt, shows the finished sign in the workshop, ready to be re-mounted by the roadside.
John Byfield smartens the Williton Station Workshop under a full possession of the line.
John has also refurbished a station sign to mount below the window which will give alert passengers advance warning of the train’s arrival at Williton – as can be seen in Richard Salt’s photo in the 2019 gallery.
On Thursday 27 December 2018 Joseph Rogers, author of the forthcoming title “Britain’s Greatest Bridges”, became the first person recorded by the West Somerset Railway to run from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead via every station on the line.
Here he is at our beloved Williton Station, doing a WSR Station visit before continuing to Doniford Halt as part of his 24.1 mile run.
The route follows safe areas around the West Somerset Railway following public footpaths. Such a challenge had been proposed on the official West Somerset Railway website for the year, with a sheet available to print off to record each station visit, but until now, no such form had ever been completed and handed back to the railway.
Station Staff member Richard Salt, as can be seen, is mad about Christmas now that the Santa Trains started for the season on December 1st 2018. Let’s hope Richard returns to normal when these special trains end on Christmas Eve.