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Sunday, 30 March 2003

New exhibit for Romsey site

The Friends of Romsey Signal Box have just completed the acquisition of another part of Romsey's railway history.

Through a friend of the Friends, we discovered that one of the old station name boards dating back to the days of the L&SWR (pre-1920s) was for sale, and the owner agreed to sell it to the Friends so that it could join our exhibits at the signal box site. The sign is a classic "running in board" that would have been located at the extreme end of the platforms, so that it was the first sign that would be seen from the carriages of a train as it arrived in the station. The board is in enamelled steel, in two parts, and when assembled is about 2.4m long and 40
cm high. The picture shows the board in its current condition, and before it goes on display some restoration work will be done. However, the board will be going to Romsey for the open day in April 2003, so those keen to see the newest acquisition should make sure they get along on Sunday 6th.