Commemorative events along the Strawberry Line

PUBLISHED: 12:07 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:07 03 September 2013

Steam up at Axbridge as the last passenger train from Wells heads for Yatton and the end of its journey.

Steam up at Axbridge as the last passenger train from Wells heads for Yatton and the end of its journey.

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TO COMMEMORATE the 50th anniversary of the passing of the last passenger train along the Strawberry Line, several events and tours have been planned along the route.

The Cheddar Valley Railway operated for almost 100 years before the last passenger train ran on September 7, 1963.

On Saturday, the Mendip Society will be giving people the chance to use a traditional scythe to mow grass in Slader’s Leigh Nature Reserve in Winscombe from 11am-3pm.

There will also be a chance to explore the Shute Shelve Tunnel with a team from the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Starting at Slader’s Leigh, there will be short guided tours through the former railway tunnel, and those taking part will be able to see the mineral calcite in the walls.

On the same day, a treasure hunt between Congresbury station and Thatcher’s Orchards is taking place from 10am-4pm.

Families can find the clues and unscramble the letters placed along the line, with a prize for children who complete it.

And a vintage coach will be taking people from Sandford to Axbridge stations, travelling through Winscombe Old Station where there will be a nostalgic look at the past. For more information on these events visit www.strawberryline.org.uk

To read more about the closure of the Strawberry Line, turn to our Pictures Past feature in the Mercury on Thursday.

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