A small crowd gathered on the down platform at Upwey station recently to see the new heritage style station sign being unveiled. A celebration cake was on offer to the those present.
Railway stations used to have such boards in Victorian times – large
signs at the top of the platform to let passengers know the train was
‘running in’ to its destination.
The Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership, which looks after stations on
the Weymouth to Bristol line, has been reviving this tradition with the
help of funding from different partners and the skills of Exeter-based
As well as showing that stations, particularly unmanned ones, are
being looked after and appreciated, the big signs aid passengers with
sight problems who may find small signs difficult to read, and those
with a hearing impairment who may miss train announcements.
Members of the Friends of Upwey Station – including its newest recruit
Budmouth College student Jamie Downs, 14 – South West Trains (SWT),
Dorset County Council and the HoW rail partnership gathered to celebrate
the new addition and enjoyed a cake made for the occasion. The project
was initiated by the Friends of Upwey, and jointly funded by the rail
partnership and station owner SWT.
The voluntary Friends support both the rail partnership and SWT’s
community rail initiatives, working to keep the station welcoming by
tidying up, planting flowers and reporting incidents.