MORE PICTURES AT CROWCOMBE HEATHFIELD
On the down platform, there is a Permanent Way display which shows different types of rail, sleepers and other items found along the trackside. Nearest the camera is an example of Brunel’s 7 foot and one quarter inch Broad Gauge with bridge rail and longitudinal baulk timbers.
The Permanent Way display was opened by Lady Elizabeth Gass, (the Great Great Granddaughter of Lady Isabel Acland-Hood, the lady who ‘cut the first sod’ at Crowcombe in 1862).
With Crowcombe Heathfield signal box visible in the background, the staff/tickets are exchanged at the Williton end of the up platform. This train is going to be followed by another; the signalman has received a pouch with the ‘ticket’ from the driver and has just passed the ‘ticket’ for the Crowcombe to Bishops Lydeard section to the driver while hanging that section staff on his arm to show the driver he has the authority to do so.
Less often seen. Crowcombe Heathfield station illuminated at night for Santa trains. Note the coloured lights.
On a visit on 20/1/96, not only had there been a dusting of snow, but assembly of the new waiting shelter on the down platform was taking place.
On 8/4/96, the new shelter was dedicated by the Rev. Peter Martin, Vicar of Cannington and a very good friend to Crowcombe Heathfield station. (Note the background view; very different today).
As part of the Jubilee year festivities, a special "Golden Jubilee" charter train was laid-on. The Guest of Honour was the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Elizabeth Gass, as the Queen's representative. The train, headed by 4160, carried a special headboard which was later raffled off.
When the Lamp Hut needed to be moved, it was easier to roll it on it's roof and drag it, than to carry it to it's new position!
For filming purposes, three vintage coaches visited the line from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in late August 2003
Beautifully restored teak coach on passage to Williton for filming
More beautiful restoration; GCR Third coach from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
While John Ayres has been known to take pictures of trains from his bedroom, this appears to be even higher!! An unusual general view of Crowcombe Heathfield station that most of us are unlikely to see!
Identity crisis! With the delivery of a new running in board for the Up platform recently, certain unknown people had great fun making anagrams with the letters of the (real) name!
If they ever remake "Brief Encounter", could this be the location?
When's the next flight to New York!?
5553 approaches on 1225 BL on 25/7/04 with extra coaches to pick up a wedding party
Snow in the early hours of 25/11/2005 left us with these wonderful scenes
25/11/2005; even had some sunshine on the snow.
Wed., 28/6/2006 was a special day for the Railway as chartered 158 855 was the first train to arrive on the W.S.R. using the newly signalled Norton Fitzwarren Junction. Seen here arriving at Crowcombe with invited guests as the 0955 from Bristol Temple Meads to Minehead, possibly a scene that might be repeated more regularly in the future?
Another view of 158 855 waiting at Crowcombe for the up 1015 Minehead, seen arriving in the up platform hauled by 80136. In the picture can be seen 'Lad Porter' Ted Cubitt, Richard Jones as Conductor Driver and in the open doorway, Martyn Snell of the Commercial Dept., Minehead
Some of the volunteers who make the station the delight it is. From the left, Lindsey Rayward, Mike Hodge, (one of the two Joint Station Masters), Adrian Bakker, Walter Harris, (the other Joint Station Master), and Jean Hodge.
March 31st. 2012 was the 150th. Anniversary of the opening of the line. Celebrations were held at most stations and Crowcombe Heathfield was not to be left out. The event was marked by the "switching-on" of newly made platform lights by Mrs. Sheila Dibnah, the widow of the redoubtable Fred. The picture on the frontispiece shows the ceremony taking place with locos No. 6024 and No. 1450 (with Auto coach), the latter having conveyed the official party from Bishops Lydeard.