Picture Past: September 13, 1963

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 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.

Archant

THE final train journey along the Strawberry Line in Somerset was made in the second week of September 1963 
as the Weston Mercury and Somersetshire Herald reported on the route's closure.

There were also harvest homes held across the area and a Weston fashion parade.

The Mercury said of the rail line – now a popular cycling and hiking spot - in the week of September 13, 1963: “Hundreds came for a last ride along the Strawberry Line. A stranger to the district would have been amazed at the packed coaches and the crowds lining every platform on the 18-mile route from Yatton to Wells.

“And why all those folk in gardens and at cottage windows waving and cheering as if they had never seen a train before?

“The fact was, of course, that they would never see another passenger train on the Cheddar Valley line, for, on Saturday, 
September 7, Dr Beeching’s closure plan came into effect and this branch line through some of the prettiest scenery in Britain was closed to passengers.”

Other stories from around the area that week include:

n Builders working on land behind Worle Secondary Modern School unearthed some old bones, thought to be human. They have been sent for further investigation while work has been halted.

n ‘700 are waiting for council homes’, housing committee is told as members debate the proposed building of 120 new properties at Preanes Green in Worle.

n ‘High time Weston had zebra 
crossings’. The Borough Council 
Highways committee has applied to the Ministry of Transport for much-needed zebra crossings to modernise the town.

Have you got any photos from days gone by? Email a digital copy to 
newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk 
and your shots could be included in a future Picture Past.

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