This year’s temporary exhibition includes items relating to the Railway Grouping in 1923. As mentioned in last week’s museum working party report, it was hoped to display a concrete sleeper made by the Southern Railway for the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. This was part of an attempt by the Southern Railway to deal with an arrears of maintenance under the previous company. Only trial lengths were laid, but it was found that wooden sleepers were preferable.
The sleeper, which was too large to fit in the display cabinet, is pictured.