Cheshire station group muse over American sign mystery

Cheshire station group muse over American sign mystery

3 Feb, 2020

A Cheshire station friends group has received an unsual request from across the Atlantic about a sign hanging in an Ohio diner.

Out of the blue at the end of 2019, Friends of Goostrey Station committee member, Mike Jarvis received an email from Erik Bittinger in Ohio, USA.    Erik attached photos of a British Railway sign for Goostrey station which is displayed in a Max and Erma’s diner in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. He had traced FOGS via their website. Erik was unsure if the sign is an original or a replica sold for decorative purposes, but he thought FOGS should know of its existence.

The head office of the restaurant chain does not know the origin of the sign. Their employee Erica wrote, “We are not entirely sure how our Middleburg Heights location came about the sign you are referring to. It was part of an opening decor package provided by an outside vendor. This restaurant was opened back in 1999 by previous owners, and my company, Glacier Restaurant Group, acquired it in January of 2016.”

Can you help FOGS solve this mystery?  If the sign is an original, the group may retrieve it for display in the newly renovated wooden station building.

To ensure that passengers continue to enjoy using Goostrey station, working parties take place on the second Sunday of each month starting at 10am.  New volunteers are always welcome.  FOGS members are also involved in planning the future use of the Victorian ticket office, the installation of cycle racks in the car park and the improvement of passenger safety on the bridge.  For more information, please contact Craig Sidebotham (chair) on 01477 544111 or Dave Roberts (vice chair) at sharp-shooter@talktalk.net .

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