The urgent appeal to save Masbury station has got off to a modest start, with £10,000 already pledged on the way to the £500,000 they need to hit by the end of the summer.
Campaigners need the half million to buy up the old station, part of an ambitious long term plan to rejuvenate the former line, or it will be sold to developers.
The vice chair of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, John Baxter said: “ We have shown that we can, from a small beginning, build this into a successful profitable venture. So buying the station could be just the start.
“ It is worth it, “ insists John, who admits that they will have to rebuild bridges and excavate embankments in a multi million pound engineering project. “ Masbury was a very special station. During the war it was a busy stop due to the American army base next to it. It can be vibrant and important again.”
It was also special for steam engine enthusiasts situated at the top of the climb out of Shepton Mallet, a journey which required a solid 20 minutes of firing (or what the uninitiated would call stoking) with coal.
“We are just trying to put back a little of what Beeching stupidly did.It might be hard work, but it can be done.We will not fail.”
John urged anyone who doubts the usefulness of rejuvenate railways to go and see the energy injected into the economy at Midsomer Norton.
The campaign needs the money by September 30. Details about how to donate can be found at www.sdjr.co.uk
Alternatively, visit the Masbury Station Facebook page.