Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways
1st January 2015
Train ride to Weston super Mare
Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR) train campaigners will launch their Bristol Green Capital 2015 programme on New Year’s Day, Thursday January 2015, with a train ride to Weston super Mare.
A £10 Discount ticket for up to 10 people who agree to wear our bright yellow fosbr T shirt on the outing for the day.
The train leaves Severn Beach Station at 09.56 and calls at all stations arriving at Temple Meads at 10.32.
At Temple Meads Station, we will give a FOSBR card, with the poem below, to booking office staff then board the train to Weston which leaves at 10.53.
The train arrives at Weston super Mare at 11.21 where we will give another FOSBR card to booking office staff.
We hope to meet RMT members and rail campaigners.
A windy walk along the promenade, fish and chips, a Frisbee challenge, train songs, and quizzes are all part of the FOSBR Bristol Green Capital 2015
Tina Biggs, FOSBR secretary and brains behind the programme, says this is an effective way to celebrate. With passenger numbers increasing on the Severn Beach line, it shows that people will use local rail if it is reliable and affordable. For more information contact Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways
Return trains from Weston:-
15.10 arr BTM 15.43,
15.36 arr BTM 15.56
16:10 arr BTM 16.44.
THE BARD TO THE GUARD
If you travel on the Beach line
There’s one thing sure to please;
The driver won’t slam on the brakes
And bring you to your knees.
Instead of sullen scowls
You’ll be instantly beguiled,
As you hand the guard your money –
Tickets issued with a smile!
You’ll not be stuck in traffic jams
Or breathe in poisoned air,
You can read or do your crossword,
Or simply sit and stare.
You can gaze out of the window
At the butterflies and bees,
When the buddleia at Sea Mills
In August’s full of these.
From on ancient Roman harbour,
From the estuary to town,
From blackthorn in the springtime
To the frost on snowy ground.
However, If you travel on the Beach train
Watch out for any sign
That the destination’s pointing
To the ending of the line.
And we ought to say in closing
To the drivers and the guards,
Like that famous Bristol duo:
“Job well done, lads” – our regards.
Gill Sheppard of Shirehampton 2007