A set of 11 photographs taken on 14th February 2012, just over 2 weeks before the Signal Box closed. The new signalling system was
introduced here over the weekend of 25/26 February. The final transfer of work on the line as far as Feniton crossing was transferred
to Basingstoke on the weekend 24/25 March.
These photos show the interior of the box which, at that time had 3 signalmen whom worked in shifts throughout the week. John
Barlow is seen working the signals in the last picture.
The Signal Box was manned between 05:00 to 23:30 approximately. If the 05:23 to Waterloo was running late John could always be
relied upon to hand out cups of steaming tea to his passengers. Tickets were sold from a counter in the Signal Box
during most of the day along with jam, eggs and home grown produce.
46233 Duchess of Sutherland
passing near Milborne Wick 17.12.2019
A1 size Poster Available for sale £5.00
45212 Black Five
approaching Templecombe 22.03.2018
SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM 2019 It's Your Neighbourhood LEVEL 5 - OUTSTANDING
AWARDED TO Friends of Templecombe Station
ACoRP 2019 Association of Community Rail Partnerships
It's Your Station GOLD LEVEL ACHIEVED
AWARDED TO Friends of Templecombe Station
Templecombe Station 1983
Photo taken from the cab of a Crompton in April 1983, when it was hauling the MNLPS "Devon Belle" - the
first ever enthusiasts charter of the VSOE Pullmans
FRIENDS OF TEMPLECOMBE STATION
A GENEROUS DONATION DOUBLES LAST WEEKS FUND-RAISING
to £500.00 Monday 23rd August 2021
Following the steam train passing day, last Wednesday an email was received via the website "contact us" page:
We are relatively new to Templecombe and have relocated here along with our business. We have been keeping ourselves
updated with the goings on in Templecombe (thanks to FB and this website) and can see that it has, like many small villages,
been adversely affected by COVID-19 in relation to fundraising opportunities.
As a small local business, it is one of our policies to support local worthy cause/s each year, as part of our philanthropy. This year
as we have just moved to Templecombe and so we would like to direct this donation towards the Friends of Templecombe Station.
We had the great privilege of seeing the steam trains from the bottom of our garden - twice! We also saw online, the
tremendous effort that the organisers went to, in order to raise the much-needed funds and we also, in turn witnessed
the resultant joy from the local community. We would therefore like to match the fundraising efforts made on this day
and donate £250.00 to this very worthy cause.
The kind person/local business donating this wishes to remain anonymous. We are of course most grateful. This boosts the days
fund-raising to a massive, badly needed and much appreciated £500.00 !!
We thank again, every-one who made a donation last week and hope our coffee and cake days can soon get back to a nearer normal schedule.
STEAM TRAIN PASSING
COFFEE AND CAKES
At Templecombe Station
WEDNESDAY 18th AUGUST 2021. 6:00am to 5:15pm
It is with great pleasure that the Friends of Templecombe Station are able to host a coffee and Cakes Day. It's many months since the
last fund-raising opportunity occurred.
The day will surely be an event not to miss. A steam train will be passing in both directions during the afternoon. The train is scheduled to pass
at 1:03pm and again at 5:03pm.
The CLAN LINE 35028 Merchant Navy Class steam engine will be taking passengers from London Victoria to Sherborne where a memorial service
will be held in honour of the late John Farrow.
The John Farrow Salute
SAYING GOODBYE TO ANNE Templecombe Station Thursday 10st May 2021
Our ticketing officer extraordinaire will be leaving us on Saturday 19th June 2021.
Anne Dibble has served at Templecombe station for almost ten years and has contributed so much, and in so many ways, beyond her description of duties.
Anne's support and participation towards the "Friends of Templecombe Station" events and projects has been immense. Anne will be dearly missed by the
Station Friends and the many customers she has gone the extra mile to help and assist.
Anne will be taking up a position nearer to her home at Sherborne station.
Anne says:"I have really enjoyed working here at Templecombe and will miss everyone travelling to and from the station. I will miss the Station Friends
and all the wonderful coffee mornings and special events".
On behalf of the Friends of Templecombe Station and travelling customers, we wish Anne all the very best and thank her for her tremendous support over the
last nine plus years.
The Steve Train
Now standing at platform 1
Crafted by Steve Hood (FoTS Secretary) during Covid-19 lockdown. The train is all set to cary plants and flowers
during the coming years. The loaded train will only be stopping here at Templecombe.
NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2020
17th September 2020
At the National Rail Awards virtual ceremony on Thursday 17th September 2020 Templecombe
Station was amongst the runners up for "Small Station of the Year".
A great achievement to be nominated for the award and as always the Friends of Templecombe Station have done a fantastic job.
This is despite the frustations and restrictions brought about by coronavirus/covid-19.
More details from the cereomony will be included here as soon as they are available.
Meanwhile click below for a sound extract from the "Small Station" catagory.
Sound Clip from the 2020 NRA ceremony
NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2020
8th August 2020
We have been notified that Templecombe Station is once again Shortlisted as "Best Station" at the National Rail Awards for 2020.
The award ceremony this year will be a VIRTUAL CEREMONY at 4pm on Thursday 17th September. The ceremony
can be viewed live by registering at registration
The NRA judges, who are known for their rigorous approach, have applied the same forensic due diligence to this year’s
entries (which have been close in number to that received in any normal year, despite the closing date being just days
after the start of lockdown in March). Coronavirus restrictions were no match for their determination to award only the very best.
Christine Hillman (Chair of Friends of Templecombe Station) writes:
Please keep your fingers crossed for us all.
Thank you to Andrew Harrowell (Community Rail Manager) of SWR for putting an entry in for us.
Also thank you to our very own David Seares who copied all the pages from the Stations Comments Book and put
them onto the Station page of his Templecombe Village website. I'm sure they must have looked at it.
It would have helped, massively!!
National Rail Awards
Friends of Templecombe Station
Coronavirus / Covid-19 Precautions
FoTS coffee mornings are suspended until further notice
All soft furnishings, literature and FoTS fundraising sale items have been removed
from the waiting room until SWR announce it is safe to return them.
Access to the up-platform for gardening and maintenance by FoTS members is suspended until SWR announce it is
safe for activities to resume.
CUSTOMER COMMENTS BOOK
Sunday 10th May 2020
Each page of the 2016-2020 Customer Comments and Suggestions Book
is now available to read here
Click image to open
STATION FRIENDS APPRECIATED
6th February 2020
An email has been received via the website "contact us" page from Andy Holloay. It reads:
I've just passed through your lovely station on my way to London, 1450, and as always your station is looking beautiful
in the early afternoon sunshine. It was lovely to see your volunteers busily gardening away and great credit may go to
them for giving up their valuable time. Well done and please, please keep up the good work.
Thank you Andy, the volunteers love caring for the station and your comments are greatly appreciated.
FLAGS FOR VE-75 Day
Friday 1st May 2020
The flags have been placed in celebration of VE 75 Day, (Victory in Europe Day).
The flags will fly for one week before and one week after the 75th anniversary which is on Friday the 8th May 2020.
The Friends of Templecombe Station, provided refreshments for their passengers and visitors (tea, coffee, biscuits and the
occasional cake) during the strike days throughout December 2019. Everyone showed their appreciation for their kind gesture
by donating almost £300.00 in FOTS collection boxes.
Special thanks to Raif, Anne, Pete, Stephen and many other FOTS members for their support and hard work in holding these daily
coffee mornings and also with other events throughout the year. But this really was an exceptional thing to do!
FOTS also raised £300.00 from their Christmas Raffle, a 'BIG' thank you to all those who donated prizes. The draw was
held on the 17th December, following an all day Event culminating in the return of the "Christmas Carol" Steam Special
from Sherborne headed by : LMS "CORONATION" Class 4 x 6 - 2 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland".
These receipts are greatly appreciated by the friends and users of the station. These funds will contribute greatly to
further enhancements at our multi-award winning and much loved station."
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Decoration Station Christmas Competition 2019
7 Awards for Friends of Templecombe Station
This year the BVLCRP awards were presented at Templecombe station during the afternoon of Tuesday 17th December. The presentation took place
after the 6233 Duchess of Sutherland
steamed through, pulling the Cathedrals Express. The train passed again on its return journey to
London Victoria later in the afternoon.
Caroline Rowland from BVLCRP announced the winners.
Many teams and individuals had worked very hard at all stations from Tisbury to Crewkerne yet Templecombe and it's friends did extreemly well
Judges' Awards for 'Decorated Station" Competition
Frosty the snowman Best Snowman or Woman
White Christmas Most Outstanding Snowy Scene
Rocking around the Christmas Tree Best Themed Christmas Tree
Polar Express Most eye-catching Christmas Train
The Holly and the Ivy Best Christmas Planter
It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas Most Creative Christmas Feature
Yeovil Railway Centre
Santa Baby Christmas Post Box
Deck the Halls Most FDestive Booking Hall
Judges' Discretionary Awards of Recognition for
The Warmest Welcome
Best Display in a Confined Space
An Outstanding Steam Railway Experience at Christmas
Yeovil Railway Centre
BVLCRP Special Awards of Recognition for
Going above and beyond the Call of Duty
Sarah Jay Tisbury
Outstanding Effort in 2019
Gail Coleshill Crewkerne
Inspirational Customer Service during the rail action
Raif Copley Templecombe
Winner of the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership Christmas Trophy 2019
THE MOST awards in our Decorated Station Christmas Competition
FRIENDS OF TEMPLECOMBE STATION
Open Awards Document
A STATION CHRISTMAS IS COMING
Saturday 7th December 2019
Our station friends are getting ready for
Coffee and festive snacks are available during the mornings to help ease the pain and inconvenience
of the 27 day rail strikes.
The waiting room is wonderfully decorated (pictures to follow soon).
Today a 12 foot tree has been placed and decorated beside the footbridge.
Thursday 12th December A Christmas Election Day festive coffee morning with all the trimmings. Watch out for Santa and our living snowman.
Tuesday 17th December A Steaming afternoon: The Cathedrals Steam Express will pass through around 15:00 on its way to Sherborne and return around 18:00.
Our Santa and Snowman will be watching. Festive treats will abound. Not to be missed.
More station pictures and updates will be added during the coming days.
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership Autumn/Winter 2019 News Letter
Click to open the full BVCRP Newsletter
AWARDED FIRST PRIZE
NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS SMALL STATION OF THE YEAR 2019.
The Friends of Templecombe Station can be very proud of another amazing achievement.
Awared at The National Rail Awards, Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Thursday 19th September 2019
The coffee & cake is always free of charge but donations are most welcome
The money raised is used solely for improvements to our station by the volunteer members of FoTS
As illustrated here in our picture gallery
NRA AWARD WINNERS 2018
Friends of Templecombe Station
Friday 15th September 2018
Fantastic reward for the hardworking and dedicated volunteer members of "Friends of Templecombe Station"
The NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2018 ceremony was held at: Grosvenor Park Hotel, London on Thursday 13th September.
There are three awards within the catagory "BEST SMALL STATION".
Templecombe has been awarded joint second place along with Great Missenden (Chiltern Line). Both Templecombe and
Missenden are "Highly Commended". The first place has been awarded to Aberdour, Fife (ScotRail).
The competition is fierce across the entire UK and this is a huge achievement for Templecombe. Our station volunteers have
now won many awards since the station re-opened in October 1983 following its closure in 1966.
Christine Hillman (FoTS) writes:
I am so proud of what the "Friends" have achieved, now and over the past few years. As you say we all work very hard
to get the results that we do, and the awards that the group have won have been "Highly Deserved". They are a "Great Bunch
of People" and good friends too.
We aren't handed lots of money from the "powers that be", we raise funds so that we can make Templecombe Station a
better place to be, for all.
Anne Dibble (Ticketing Officer Extraordinaire) says: I am delighted. I don't know what to say. Everyone works so hard. The judges came unexpectedly and the waiting room windows
were smeary. I wish I had known they were coming.
Templecombe Village website congratulates our station friends.
Ongoing work during 2018. The badly worn and damaged fencing behind the up-platform
is being renewed by the FoTS volunteer forkforce.
Each six foot section of fencing timber costs the group £55.00
Steaming through Templecombe Thursday 08th March 2018
Black Five 45212 passing Templecombe Thursday 08th March 2018 (pics above).
Just after 6pm on the return (pics below).
ART-DECO STYLE POSTERS FOR SALE
Friends of Templecombe Station 27.06.18
This specially-commissioned illustration features preserved former Southern Railway express passenger locomotive
"Clan Line" passing the iconic art-deco signalbox at Templecombe.
"Clan line" - the steam locomotive that hauls the famous Belmond British Pullman (formerly known as the Orient Express)
and other charter trains - is 70 years old in 2018, whilst the Templecombe signalbox is 80 years old this year.
Many railway posters were produced in art-deco style from the 1930s through to the early 1950s. This brand new one has
been designed by renowned art-deco illustrator Stephen Millership exclusively for the owners of "Clan Line", the Merchant
Navy Locomotive Preservation Society (MNLPS).
Two different sizes are available:
A1 Size (23.4 x 33.1 inches) @ £5.00 each
A2 Size (16.5 x 23.4 inches) @ £3.50 each
50% of the profit for each poster goes to the Friends of Templecombe Station, and 50% to the MNLPS
Please e-mail Paul Blowfield (Secretary, Friends of Templecombe Station) at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a
copy (or leave a message on 07540 259065).
Free delivery in the Templecombe area, or pick-up at this station.
RAILWAY COFFEE JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER
Tuesday 14th July 2018
Friends of Templecombe Station (FoTS) indulged us in a coffee and cake bonanza starting at 6:15 this morning.
Early visitors and travellers included Valerie Singleton. Valerie has added a
comment to the visitor book but didn't leave any "Blue Peter" badges for the FoTS team to wear on their Hi-Viz jackets.
Hayward Burt, our SSDC councillor called in for an enjoyable chat and to catch up on FoTS activities. It's great
to see our representatives taking an interest in things "Templecombe".
Caroline Rowland from the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (BVLCRP) who lives locally came along with
Andrew Ardley, Regional Development Manager for South Western Railway.. Caroline was keen for Andrew to see our
station and the things FoTS get up to. Peter Hillman gave them a tour.
The group raised £85 in donations which will go towards extending the new fence behind the "up" platform. Another
coffee morning is planned for Tuesday 11th September.
A dashing new uniform
For our ticketing officer extraordinaire
Saturday 6th April 2019
An early morning surprise was in store at Templecombe Station this week as our ticketing officer Anne was all
fitted out in her very smart new SWR uniform.
Anne had decided to wear her neck tie as a cravat rather than tie it into an over complicated bow and it looked very
smart indeed. The new colours were a joy.
Anne was keen to point ot the gold thread stitching along the button holes and the addition of a blue vertical line down the back
which expanded into a pleat at the skirt.
It is understood the new uniform is now being rolled out to all customer facing staff on the line.
CHRISTMAS! Here it comes!
Preparations are underway for the Templecombe Station Christmas Party on Monday 17th December2018
VERY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN
Creepy Scary Fun was had at the station today
31st October 2018
The bacon butty and cake was top shelf
Or is it?
Original Sign Returns
The Templecombe nameboard has been donated to the Friends of Templecombe Station (FoTS) by Jim Milton.
Jim was one of the four in the working committee that was responsible for getting Templecombe Station
re-opened in 1983. This nameboard would probably have been at the station from 1952 until closure in 1966 and is a
British Railways Southern Region board.
To thank Jim for his very generous gift we are planting a Rose called "Darcey Bussell", in memory of his late Father, Harold who
worked on the railway.
The Friends Of Templecombe Station were very pleased to announce that the re-painting
of the footbridge was finished at 02:30am on Saturday 27th February 2016.
Alight here for Wincanton and Stalbridge
APPREACIATIVE EMAIL SENT BY TRAVELLER PASSING THROUGH Tuesday 14th September 2021
An email with this picture has been sent from the contact-us page:
Just travelled thru Templecombe by train. Witnessed the efforts made to dress the station - well done and thank you; made
my day seeing all the flowers and a neat platform.
Makes it all worth-while. The sender has been thanked and the email forwarded to the friends of the station.
THE FRIENDS OF TEMPLECOMBE STATION SAY THANK YOU Wednesday 18th August 2021
This has been the first fundraising opportunity in almost 18 months
With Clan Line 35028 passing Templecombe twice in one day, an open waiting room with plenty of tea and cake was arranged.
Having gone so long with no fundraising opportunities at all the friends are thrilled to be able to say today raised a badly needed £250 which will
contribute towards the ongoing garden maintenance and the fence renovation project behind the up-platform.
The station friends thank everyone who came along and donated today: members of the local community and visitors who travelled far, some having
long-standing village connections. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces again and the new.
STEAM TRAIN PASSING TEMPLECOMBE
FRIDAY 9th JULY 2021
British India Line 35018 The SR 4-6-2 Pacific Class Steam engine pulling a train from Victoria, London is scheduled to pass Templecombe at 13:03 on Friday.
The engine will stop for servicing at Yeovil Junction while the train is pulled on to Weymouth and back to Yoevil by diesel.
Sadly, due to current Covid-19 restrictions no FoTS session has been arranged but it will be worth popping down to the station or a
nearby sight of the railway line for a look as this wonder speeds past.
BENCH RENOVATION Sunday 11th April 2021
The second of two matching benches has now been rejuvinated, using new timbers and fixings.
Somewhere comfy for the gardening friends to sit and watch the world go by while caring for the up-line gardens.
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership Christmas 2020 News Letter
Friends of Templecombe Station
Friends of Templecombe Station are renowned for their dedication to the station. Volunteers work hard throughout
the year keeping the gardens and planters in good order. Templecombe has the longest curtilage on the line from London
Waterloo to Exeter St David in Devon.
BVCRP Christmas Newsletter
NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2020 eMail from SWR
17th September 2020
Subject: Good Luck at the National Rail Awards
I wanted to wish you good luck ahead of the National Rail Awards this evening as you defend your title of Small Station of the year.
In the past year I know that you have all continued to make Templecombe a great station for our customers, with
stunning flower displays. The work our community groups helps ensure our stations reflect their local communities.
Whichever way these awards go I hope you hard work at the station continues.
Interim Managing Director
South Western Railway
4th Floor, Southbank Central, 30 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LQ
Salisbury To Exeter Rail Users Group
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SERUG Objectives - February 2021
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BBC RADIO SOMERSET
Thursday 27th September 2020
Claire Carter talks with FoTS secretary, Steve Hood, about the fothcoming National Rail Awards.
Radio BBC Somerset, Thursday morning, 27th September 2020
Click below to listen to the full interview.
Stephen Hood with Claire Carter
MISSING BENCHES !
14th March 2020
Sometime between Thursday late afternoon and Saturday morning
Three benches have been taken from our station. They were all secured by bolts to the ground and the bolts have all
been neatly cut. One was in front of the closed platform waiting room and the other two in front of the signal box.
If anyone saw or heard anything during this time please could they let me know or talk to Anne at the station.
The rail authorities have been contacted and so far no one is aware. We will be asking if cctv footage is available on Monday.
Monday 11th May 2020
FOUND BUT NOT RECOVERED
It has now come to light that the missing benches have been relocated by SWR and are now in use at HOOK main line station.
TWO MISSING BENCHES LOCATED
1st June 2020
Two of our missing benches have been located and photographed at Hook mainline station on the downline platform.
The whereabouts of the third remains a mystery and still the railway companies have said nothing to our "Friends" or to local line
TEMPLECOMBE IN POETRY
No, this was not Adlestrop
although it was a hot June day
and the stop was unwonted
but there was no hiss of steam,
no meadowsweet or willow-herb.
What I saw was a single name – Templecombe,
a bee-busy bed of lavender and neatly clipped lawn
alongside the Waterloo Express.
Time had ceased to fly.
No one left and, indeed, no one came.
Only a bronze stationmaster
populated the bare platform
standing proud, one arm raised,
frozen in time, sculpted
in the act of ripping sheets
from his bronze-bound timetable
rendered obsolete by the digital display.
No sound could be heard,
not even a Somerset blackbird,
above the diesel engine thrum
and then the train juddered,
as if clearing its throat,
Time unfurled its wings
and Templecombe slid away.
Rosalind Adam is a Leicester, UK, girl, born and bred. She is the author of three children’s books,
including The Children’s Book of Richard III. Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies
and online sites. In 2018 she won the G. S. Fraser poetry prize and was awarded a distinction for her
Masters in Creative Writing at The University of Leicester.
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Fund Raising Saturday 20th October 2018
A successful and most enjoyable day at the Templecombe Remembered exhibition in the Sports and Social Club.
£152 was collected from sales of merchandise and donations.
ALIGHT HERE AT TEMPLECOMBE TH DECEMBER
BIG CHRISTMAS EVENT AFTERNOON
STEAM TRAIN PASSING
Come and join us 1:00pm to 6:00pm
A SPOOKY TEMPLECOMBE
Thursday 31st October 2019
Plenty of halloween cake and scary fun was had at the station this halloween.
The witches of Templecombe were up and ready at 6:00am.
Cake, coffee and treats were plentiful.
Creepy crawlies came and went.
What ever Next?
NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2019 Saturday 19th October 2019
From RAIL MAGAZINE
This “jewel of the small
stations”, as dubbed by
the NRA judges, was highly
commended in 2018 and has
come back in 2019 to take the
top trophy. Situated on the
West of England Main Line,
Templecombe station opened
in 1860, only to be closed just
over 100 years later in 1966.
Local demand brought about
its reopening in 1983 as a
station that now serves about
114,000 passengers a year.
Thanks to a partnership
between South Western
Railway and the Friends
of Templecombe Station,
2018 was another year of
surprises for the station,
with further improvements
to the extensive gardens.
The ticket hall/waiting room
is now in use as a centre for
community activities, including
a major Christmas party for
passengers and the local
NRA - The Winners 2019
A Station Project Thursday 20th June 2019
The aged door to what is believed to be an old "lamp store" has now been renovated. The frame was too far gone
and a replacement has been made.
Uncovering the Lamp Shed
Late summer 2018
Just Another Thursday Thursday 30th May 2019
On Thursday afternoons FoTS members gather at the station and go about the tasks that make Templecombe station sepcial.
On Thursday 30th Paul Blowfiled stopped by to photograph the action.
New members are always welcome so drop down on a Thursday afternoon, email email@example.com or give Pete
a call on 07549 953808.
Royal Horticultural Society Awards South West - It's Your Neighbourhood
* * * Level 5 - OUTSTANDING * * *
RHS It's Your Neighbourhood Assessment Form
Name & Area Blackmore Vale Line Templecombe
26th July 2018
Areas of Achievement
The work carried out by the team, Anne, Peter, Raif, Michael, Rita, Francis, Christine, and Melvin is very impressive.
Three years ago the bridge (built in 1893 and moved to Templecombe in 1990)was repainted, and is a wonderful feature.
It took 400 hours of volunteer time.
The garden restoration, new fence and waiting room are a testament to what cam be accomplished with dedication and hard work.
Money is raised by organising various events throughout the year, including Easter, Halloween and Christmas, branded
merchandise and calendars.
The group have purchased a strimmer to help ease maintenance.
The new planters tidy up the northbound area and the team hope to open the area so that travellers have access to veg and herbs.
The garden is filled with an array o herbaceous, shrubs and annual planting.
Areas for Development It is a shame that the wonderful garden on the southbound side of the station cannot be accessed and physically enjoyed by
travellers and the residents of Templecombe on a regular basis. Now that Templecombe has a Bloom group, who have
started to tidy up the village, you might consider finding a spot in the village to create a 'satellite station garden'.
This would create space not only to be enjoyed by everyone but could be used as a space for promotion and fundraising. The
knowledge and skills of the Friends group combined with the residents of Templecombe have the potential to create something very special.
More Than Just Coffee Coffee Morning - Tuesday 04.06.2019
Another surprise was in store at the June Coffee Morning.
Members had been up early preparing a model dispay of Sir Arthur Heywood built estate railways.
Henry Greenly and Bassett-Lowke designed and built miniature railways to the same 15inch gauge
and their work can still be seen in many seaside resorts and pleasure grounds in the UK and even on the Continent.
The Victorian, Edwardian and modern figures are readily available in the same 1/12 scale in the Dolls House market/hobby.
BBC SOMERSET VISITS TEMPLECOMBE
Thursday 9th May 2019
Andy Bennett who hosts the daily radio show between 1pm and 4pm on BBC Somerset (95.5FM) visited Templecombe recently
and recorded a series of interviews.
At the railway station Andy met Christine Hillman, chair of "Friends of Templecombe Station".
Dressed in HiViz, Andy was given a tour
of our station while its unusual history was explained.
Andy, intrigued by the
voluntary work carried out by the "Friends", had many questions and Christine was delighted to be able to
show our multi prize-winning station in the very good light it deserves.
Click below to listen to the interview.
Christine Hillman at the station
At Templecombe railway station. Tempus Fugit (Time Flies), is both a sculpture and sundial.
The bronze statue is of a railwayman consulting the British Rail timetable, some of the
pages of which have blown away and landed on the grass.
The statue forms the gnomon
(part of a sundial that casts a shadow) of the sundial; the pages on the ground mark the hours.
The Hour markers have recently been rejuvinated (summer 2018).
Bench Restoration October 2018
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Decoration Station Christmas Competition 2018
The awards were presented at Templecombe Station during the afternoon of Thursday 20th December. The event was attended by
representatives from the various volunteer station groups along the line from Tisbury to Crewkerne. The judges made the presentations.
The competition was fierce but well spirited. Many teams and individuals had worked very hard and imaginatively to enhance our
stations for the festivities along the line.
Templecombe scored very well indeed.
Best Christmas Feature
Yeovil Railway Centre
Scenic Railway - Ritziest Train
Yeovil Railway Centre
Star of Wonder Most orininal use of a Christmas Star
Yeovil Railway Centre
Most Captivating Christmas Tree
Deck the Halls Best Christmas Wreath or Garland
Winter Wonderland Most Imaginative Window or Table Scene
Finest Hand-Cratfted Christmas Decoration
Most Festive Booking Hall
Best External Christmas Lighting Display
Award of Recognition For Outstanding Effort in 2018
And if that wasn't enough. A Bullied Pacific Merchant Navy Class No: 35028 "Clan Line" came steaming
through, hauling the Sherborne Carols Express.
COFFEE AND CAKE ON THE GO
Friends of Templecombe Station
At 6am on Tuesday morning members of FoTS were ready to serve coffee cake and exciting snacks to
commuters and local residents who wished to drop in.
The Friends were later joined by Phil Dominey (Senior Regional Development Manager) and members of the South Western Railway management
team along with Caroline Rowland from Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (BVCRP).
Phil Dominey has worked his way
up 'through the ranks' in the railway industry, and having once been a signalman at Templecombe he has a real soft spot for our station.
During the morning a working signalling maintenance team were invited to join us for a break and welcome refreshments.
The group raised £83 in donations which will go towards extending the new fence behind the "up" platform.
The next FoTS extravaganza is planned for Halloween on Wednesday 31st October.
FoTS on Facebook.
For more information about the Friends or about joining the Friends please
contact either Christine or Peter.
New friends are always welcome and there is plenty of involvement for all interests.
Christine Hillman (Chair) 07484 277549
Peter Hillman (Treasurer) 07549 953806
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Hourly Weekday Service To Resume 9th May 2021
South Western Railway will re-instate their hourly services on weekdays between Exeter and London Waterloo with effect from
Monday 17th May. It is not the full pre-covid timetable, so please check times carefully..
Click to open or download the pocket timetable.
Please note that all usual caution applies to weekend timetables. Engineering works are still scheduled through May
and are also subject to late notice alterations too. So do check times before you travel.
SWR strongly recommend checking your journey using the Journey Planning and live train times pages closer to the time of your travel.
Pocket Timetable from 16th May 2021
Live Train Times
ABOUT TEMPLECOMBE STATION AND ITS 'FRIENDS'
6th March 1966 was a sad day for the village of Templecombe, for on this day the last trains ran on the famous Somerset & Dorset
line from Bath (Green Park) to Bournemouth via Templecombe, and the station was also closed to all services on the main route from
London and Salisbury to Yeovil and the West Country. It is difficult to believe nowadays that at its peak around 500 people were
employed by British Railways at Templecombe in various tasks ranging from station and booking office personnel, goods yard shunters,
clerks, signallers, track maintenance staff, engine drivers and firemen, engineers, loco maintenance fitters, cleaners etc. etc.
For the next 17 years all trains on our line passed through Templecombe without stopping. The station buildings - other than the
1938 signal box - were demolished in the late 60s, much of the route was reduced to single track and the station slowly slipped into history
However, the residents of Templecombe did not want to lose their train services so readily, and thanks to the tireless efforts of
the 'Templecombe Station Working Committee' and local councillors, plus welcome support from the local B.R. Area Management team,
the station was re-opened on 3rd October 1983.
Templecombe station today is unrecognisable from that which existed in 1966. But despite being vastly reduced in size and ambience
it nowadays has a better service than at any time in its history, though sadly you will never again be able to travel directly from
here to Bath or Bournemouth.
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The 'Friends of Templecombe Station' was formed in 2012 - superceding the 'Templecombe Station Support Group' - to carry on and
develop the task of looking after the gardens and, more recently, the redundant signal box and waiting room on the former up-side
platform, plus the general environs of the current station. Members of 'FoTS' are drawn from all sections of the local community,
and enjoy an excellent working relationship with the management and staff of South Western Railway (previously South West Trains)
and Network Rail.
In recent times to help with the maintenance of the gardens and buildings 'FoTS' have been given, or loaned, a variety of tools.
Manual labour is the norm - spades, forks, secateurs and shears, saws and screwdrivers etc, though we do have a petrol motor mower,
kindly provided by the Parish Council. We do it for the enjoyment and satisfaction, and there is excellent camaraderie between all
members, both at work and outside.
Commencing in 2015 'FoTS' have undertaken considerable work on the preservation and exterior renovation of the now-redundant 1938
art-deco signal box (including providing the new hand-crafted nameboard) and have repainted the 1980s waiting room in former
Southern Railway Buckingham Green and cream livery. After much lobbying it was agreed by the then SWT and Network Rail management
that the 19th century cast iron footbridge (originally situated at Buxted station in East Sussex, and moved to Templecombe in 1990)
could be repainted similarly in historic Southern livery. Much of the preparation and painting was carried out by 'FoTS' members,
as part of a unique joint project between the 'Friends of Templecombe Station', South West Trains management and Bagnalls the
Network Rail contractor.
In 2016, all this hard work was recognised when Templecombe was awarded First Prize in the 'Best Small Station' category of the
National Rail awards. We entered Templecombe again in 2017 and despite there being an increase in entries we were delighted to
reach the final three, and were 'Highly Commended'.
Templecombe has joined up with other station groups on the line to form the Blackmore Vale Community Rail
Partnership (http://www.blackmorevaletrains.com) plus Templecombe is represented on the committee of the Salisbury to Exeter Rail
Users Group (SERUG - http://serug.co.uk) which lobbies through Railfuture (http://www.railfuture.org.uk) for the continuation
of investment and improvements in rail services locally and nationally.
Since formation, 'FoTS' main source of income has been from the sale of a limited-edition, specially-produced calendar, which
have usually been printed by Thales Underwater Systems Ltd at Templecombe. We undertake the production work, and supply of photographs,
whilst Thales have printed them for us free-of-charge, for which we are most grateful. Whilst there isn't one for 2017, a 2018
edition is in the planning stage.
COME AND JOIN
THE FRIENDS OF TEMPLECOMBE STATION
New members are very welcome, and it's absolutely free! Don't worry if you're not a gardener; this is a good place to start if you want
to try your hand at gardening, and most of us have learnt by trial and error.
We also need people who could help with the watering, grass cutting, litter pick-ups, assist with the upkeep of the former station buildings,
administration, arranging outings and help us to develop our Facebook Page. So if you would like to join the team and make a
contribution to keeping the station in award-winning condition we will always be able to find something to interest you.
'Friends of Templecombe Station' are a group of individuals who are entirely independent of South Western Railway or Network Rail.
Resurrected the lost Somerset & Dorset railway from Bath Green Park to Templecombe.
Have you got your ticket?
The time travel artist: James Fox
Watch Ghost Train Bath Green to Templecombe
A group of FoTS in the waiting room
Duchess of Sutherland 6233 Passing Templecombe 17th December 2019
Clan Line 35028 with Sherborne Christmas Carols Express Passing Templecombe 20th December 2018
The Station That Refused To Die
The Reopening This is the story of how Templecombe Station came to re-open in 1983
The Devon Bell 2nd April 2016
LMS Black 5 Shakes Templecombe Thursday 22.03.2018
A few pictures from our day at the station
34067 Tangmere 16th December 2014
Spooky Goings On Down At Templecombe Station Halloween - Wednesday 31.10.2018
Rail Ale Away To Guildford November 2017
Steam at Salisbury Mid 1960's
Templecombe Station at 125 years back in 1985
On 7th May 1860 the line from Gillinham to Sherborne was opened and a new name added to the railway maps - Templecombe
This was celebrated 125 years later in 1985, less than two years since the station was re-opened on 3rd October 1983.