The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

Note: At the recent Annual General Meeting, the membership approved a change of name for the Trust. From 1 January 2021 the charity's name will be  the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust. Folks may note a few rebranding changes to this website along with references to the old and new names, and it will remain online as the Trust's online resource until more permanent website changes are in place. Please bear with us during this transition.

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About the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust Ltd is a charitable company established in 1972 and is one of the charities supporting the West Somerset Railway.


The Trust’s three broad objectives are:

  • preserving and displaying heritage items relating to railways and the West Somerset Railway (WSR) in particular, and interpreting and curating all the heritage assets owned by the Trust;

  • restoring the heritage carriages owned by the Trust for display and operation on the railway; and

  • managing the museums at Bishops Lydeard and Blue Anchor.

The Trust has been successful in being awarded a Heritage Lottery grant towards the future development of the Gauge Museum. The Trust aims to encourage and engage with visitors through interpretation of the social and economic and physical impact of the railway in Somerset and the West Somerset Railway corridor in particular. In addition, it plans to inform and inspire the next generation, particularly through the STEM subjects, the science, technology and engineering of railways and its relevance to maths, as well as history, geography and economics.


For additional information please see the Membership section.



We know that these are uncertain and difficult times for everybody.  To help keep young children busy and support parents and carers, our education team have put together a series of STEM-related learning challenges for you to download and complete at home.


Supporting the work of the Trust

Please donate via Just Giving, or direct to the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust's bank account (no 15668968, sort code 30-62-63.) Please confirm the donation with your name and   e-mail address to Don Fraser, our Treasurer on or post it to him at:

6 Shakespeare Close,
EX16 6NN


Don can also provide a gift aid form which will add value to your donation.


Please say if you wish your donation to go to a specific project or to all the work being undertaken by the Trust.