Railway's history celebrated at reopening event

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 June 2011 | UPDATED: 18:27 20 June 2011

Sue Gunn with Lois Brenchley at the opening of the centre

Sue Gunn with Lois Brenchley at the opening of the centre


SANDFORD Railway Heritage Centre was officially opened by the relative of the woman who cut the first sod of earth on the Cheddar Valley railway line.

Anna Yatman helped officially open the line in 1867, and her great-granddaughter Sue Gunn helped to commemorate the official reopening of the centre on June 10 by picking up the same silver spade used 144 years earlier and planting a Cypress tree.

Centre chairman Neville Brenchley said: “We’ve been open for a year now, but this is the first time we were able to officially open it.

“Lots of people have been coming along and we’ve had a really good reaction from them, especially the children, who love our fully-refurbished railway carriage – they say it reminds them of Harry Potter.”

The centre, which is located on the St Monica Trust care village site on Station Road, is open from 11am-3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Admission is free.

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