This will inevitably bring a new livery into our parts - one can only hope that it will be as attractive as that of South West trains.
At Athelney with the road traffic over the crossing and superb views across the Somerset levels to the Quantock hills, plus I knew a few of the locals,i never found it lonely. In fact I enjoyed working there, it was a lovely location
and besides, on Sunday mornings when things were quiet,i would nip over the to Bill Becks shed across the road for a quick glass of cider with him. Not only that, Mrs Ridd who lived in the house by the crossing used to give us,a roast Sunday lunch,what a meal!!, phew, I struggled to get through it,
In return for feeding her cats if she was way and giving her morning a wake up call Mon - Sat, by the early turn man when he arrived. They were great days.
Chard junction was ok with plenty of milk and quarry lorries and local traffic using the crossing. Again,I knew several local people, some of who would call in occasionally for a chat. From my angle the job was never lonely or boring,i enjoyed my time as a signalman. Cheers JOHN C. I thought you'd all enjoy that reply - many thanks for your memories John.