The Cole Website, mainly about me and what I spend my spare time on!
I enjoyed fishing and I am very lucky to live in Rotorua, New Zealand, one of the best spots in the world for Trout Fishing. We are also only about a 1 hour drive from the coast where I also fished from the beach.
I am married with two grown up children and four grandchildren. I worked as a Computer Network Administrator at a local High School, but I am now retired.
The photo's at the top are some of the Jet Boats that my son Blake has built.
A couple of nice trout caught on Lake Rotorua
Although I am sure there is no link from my family, I have included some information about this Station.
Cole was part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway.
With it’s rather torturous route, linking the Bristol Channel with the South Coast of England, The line had everything, beautiful scenery, deep cuttings, tight curves, numerous tunnels, steep gradients.
Carrying so many holiday makers, business men, stone from Mendips and freight, it is a shame that this line no longer exists.
Station opened - 3rd February 1862
Station closed to passenger traffic - 7th March 1966
Station closed to goods traffic - 5th April 1965
Cole was the most northerly station of the former Dorset Central Railway which in 1862 joined with the Somerset Central Railway to form the Somerset and Dorset Railway. The station nameboards read ‘ Cole For Bruton’ , making reference to the nearby larger town of Bruton.
The station consisted of two platforms, the stone built station buildings being on the down platform with no canopy. There was a wooden shelter on the up side. Just to the North of the station the line to Evercreech crossed the five arched Cole Viaduct and just a bit further on, the line then crossed the G.W.R. main Westbury to Taunton line.
There was a small goods yard consisting of three sidings just to the south of the station on the down side, one of which led to a small goods shed. The yard closed on the 5th of April 1965.
The station area was controlled by a small 14 lever wooden signal box situated at the Southern end of the up platform. The box closed on the 31st of May 1965, shortly after the goods yard closed.
I was very lucky to meet an Englishman who lived a very short distance from Cole and he informed me that the station was now a house. I met this man at a model train exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand a few years ago.