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East Somerset Railway on the lookout for volunteers


East Somerset Railway on the lookout for volunteers .Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Western Daily Press at : http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/story-16619303-detail/story.html
The familiar clickety-clack of the carriage wheels passing over the rail joints is a soothing reminder of a gentler bygone time when visitors enjoy their trip through the Mendip countryside at the East Somerset Railway.


Keeping the track in good condition is a major task at the heritage steam railway but it is an essential one in order to keep the trains running safely and on time.

?The East Somerset Railway at Cranmore is open Wednesday to Sunday every weekend throughout the summer holidays. Cranmore is on the A361, three miles east of Shepton Mallet
.Many of the 4,000 sleepers on the line are now in need of replacement and the volunteers at Cranmore are getting stuck into the job. It is heavy work, digging out the ballast, pulling out the old sleeper, sliding in a new one weighing around 100kg and fixing it in place. Then all the ballast has to be cleaned, shovelled back and packed down.

The railway is always in need of more volunteers, not just for the work outside on the track but in other areas as well. If you would like to help preserve part of the West Country’s transport heritage, you can get in touch by email to info@eastsomersetrailway.com or by phoning 01749 880417.

The East Somerset Railway was inaugurated in 1855 and opened as a broad-gauge line in 1858

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