The historic items in this display have never been seen together in public before. This is a great opportunity to bring the story of the old Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway to the public. The WC&P Railway Group has assisted Weston Museum in the preparation of this display, and provided some of the exhibits. The Colonel Stephens Society also kindly provided some of the photos and information.
The WC&P Railway Group was formed to ensure that as much as possible of the remains of the old Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway is preserved and to keep the memories of the railway alive. The group is researching the history and is building a collection of historic photos, original signs, track items, tickets and other artefacts. It is currently working with North Somerset Council on plans to build a replica station. The group has installed a number of information boards along the route to inform the public of the line’s history, and there are more to come. The group aims to be a focal point for anyone interested in the railway. Members currently total about 140 from near and far and new members are always welcome whether active or ‘armchair’ supporters. Regular meetings are held with guest speakers mostly on railway topics. Regular newsletters, an annual weekend trip away and an annual dinner are other features. The group attends a number of events through the year taking a display and with books, DVDs, cards and maps etc. for sale. These items can also be purchased from the group’s on-line shop.
By Paul Gregory, W, C & P Railway Group