WC&P Railway Group

 

WC&PR Ashcombe Road signage

The first signage to commemorate the WC&P Railway has been erected by the WC&P Railway Group at the site of the Weston-super-Mare terminus station at Ashcombe Road.

On Friday 9 Dec 2011, on a cold but thankfully dry afternoon, an Interpretation Board was unveiled by John Penrose, local MP and Minister for Tourism, watched by a crowd of about 25 consisting mostly of Group members, but also including a Colonel Stephens ‘look-alike’, and a few people dressed in period costume.

The Group has always had an objective of promoting an awareness of the heritage of the railway to the general public. Until now there has been no signage of any description over the fourteen mile length of the railway to acknowledge that the railway ever existed.

In addition to the Interpretation Board, permission was sought from the Council to erect signage to mark the route of the railway in that vicinity by naming the footpath/lane which runs along the old track bed as ‘Colonel Stephens Way’ and two Colonel Stephens Way signs were installed at the same time.

The WC&P Railway Group, is grateful for a kind donation towards the signage from the Colonel Stephens Society, and now plans to erect similar boards at Clevedon and Portishead.

Details of the Group can be found at www.wcprgroup.org.uk .