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Highbridge Station, Somerset, 1928

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Highbridge Station, Somerset, 1928

A view of Highbridge station in Somerset, taken in 1928. The milk churns in this photograph are empty, having just been dropped off by a departed train.
Highbridge station opened in June 1841 and is now known as Highbridge and Burnham

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Churn Goods Milk Somerset Staff Station Dairy High Bridge Highbridge


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This evocative photograph, taken at Highbridge station in Somerset in 1928, captures a moment in time as the last milk churns from a departed train are emptied and prepared for collection. The station, which opened in June 1841 and is now known as Highbridge and Burnham, was a bustling hub of activity during the Great Western Railway (GWR) era. In this scene, we see the milk churns, their once-full contents now emptied, neatly lined up on the platform. The churns, which were a common sight at railway stations during this period, were transported from dairy farms to towns and cities, providing fresh milk to communities. The empty churns would be collected by local dairies or farmers, ready to be refilled and transported back to the station for the next train. The station staff, dressed in their uniforms, are seen in the background, going about their daily tasks. The GWR goods train, which brought the milk churns to the station, has departed, leaving behind only the remnants of its cargo. The steam engine, a symbol of the railway age, is nowhere to be seen, but its presence is felt in the steam rising from the tracks. Highbridge station was an essential part of the GWR network, connecting the town of Highbridge with the rest of the country. This photograph is a snapshot of a bygone era, a time when trains were the primary mode of transportation for goods and people alike. It is a reminder of the important role that railway stations played in the daily lives of communities, and the connections they facilitated between rural and urban areas. This photograph is part of the extensive collection at the STEAM Museum of the GWR, which celebrates the rich history of the Great Western Railway and its impact on the people and places of the south west of England.

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