The West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway

SDJR No.88 at Blue Anchor

SDJR No.88 at Blue Anchor ((c) Picture courtesy of David Seward)

West Somerset Railway is the longest preserved railway in the UK running from Bishops Lydeard near to Taunton to the Coast at Minehead, The railway is a typical GWR branch line running all passenger trains with chocolate and cream coaches with lengths up to 9 coaches, the railway runs Monday to Sunday mostly during the year with different timetables running during the year from 4 trains in each direction to 8 trains in each direction, every train is mostly steam hauled or hauled by a old heritage DMU in Southern Green.

The West Somerset Railway has a current fleet of 6 steam engines and 4 main line heritage Diesels here is the list:

The West Somerset Railway is a popular destination with both railway enthusiasts and families with event running during the year including: Spring Steam Gala, Thomas The Tank Engine, fayre and Vintage Rally and santa Specials & Santa Expresses. 

All events run with special GALA fares except the Winter Steam Festival all tickets are the same as the normal timetabled fares.


Well, other than the new station at Norton F, I don’t know of anything else going on!

(Text Courtesy of David Seward: Member of WSR)

Operating days: daily in the summer.

Line Length: 20 miles.

Operational Locomotives:

  • GWR 38XX 2-8-0 3850
  • BR (W) 5101 2-6-2 Tank 4160
  • WSR 2-6-0 9351
  • S&DJR 7F 2-8-0 88
  • SR 4-6-2 no 34046 “Braunton” 

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