The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Year: 2016

Coaches at Dunster

Eight volunteers formed a working party on 27 November 2016 to replace damaged covers on Collett BTK no 5131 which had been damaged by the wind in this exposed spot. Serious damage was also discovered to the cover on the adjacent coach, Toplight TK 2578, which will have to be dealt with in the ‘closed’ Read More …

The Business Plan

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust is in the process of formulating a business plan, as below. Your views and comments would be welcome in helping us complete the plan. All comments need to be submitted by 31 January. These can be emailed to the Trust at or sent by post to the Trust’s Read More …

Steam Trust update

With the Gauge Museum and sleeping car open on all four days of the Autumn Gala, and with 6705 available to visit on the Saturday and Sunday at Williton, we were pleased to receive a steady flow of visitors to both venues. The number of people showing interest in 6705 at this year’s Gala was Read More …

Advance information about meeting dates

The Steam Trust have set its meetings for 2017 all at the Gauge Museum Bishops Lydeard as follows: Board meetings All Thursdays at 10.00 am 16th February 6th April 13th July 14th September 16th November Annual General meeting Saturday 22nd April at 2.30pm Claire Sheppy 19th of October 2016

No 6705 – a progress report

This particular update centres very much on the internal work being carried out on 6705 currently. On-site today (Tuesday 6th of September) and working towards the completion of the internal compartments were Ray Walter, Allan Howles, Roger Legge, Derek Blazdell and Greg McNelly. Work continues on the completion of the internal panelling, as you can Read More …

West Somerset Steam Railway Trust update

After its excursion to the Steam Fayre, 6705 is now back at Williton. See the photo showing it being shunted back into place by class 33 diesel D6575. (Photo courtesy and copyright Allan Howles) 6705 and sleeping car 9038 attracted an estimated 500 to 550 visitors throughout the two days of the rally. Also, a Read More …

The Trust at the Steam Rally

The Trust will be at the Rally, less than a week away now, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th August, as will the sleeping car and 6705. We will have our gazebo there too, with displays and books for sale. Volunteers will be setting up on Friday 5th and stewarding Read More …

News update

Work on 6705 continues apace with much work being done on varnishing of the internal compartments. We have also seen a rise in the number of volunteers, and at the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust board meeting held on 4th of July, after balloting the various volunteers for their views, have decided upon the recommencement Read More …

Concour’s d’Elegance

“Concour’s d’Elegance. The stylish lines of 1930s engineering reflected in the quality products of Rolls Royce and the GWR.” The picture taken by Chris Austin at Williton last Thursday 26 May 2016 shows a 1936 Rolls Royce being overhauled, in front of 6705, which dates from 1938.

News update

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust AGM was held on 23rd of April 2016, at the Gauge Museum, Bishops Lydeard. There was a very pleasing turnout in terms of numbers of people attending to this meeting. Turning now to the West Somerset Railway Spring Gala 2016, which has been widely acclaimed as being the best Read More …

Changes to WSSRT Trustees

At the Board meeting on 21 March, Claire Sheppy and David Baker were co-opted to the Trust’s Board of Directors. Subsequently, David Williams has tendered his resignation as a Trustee and as Company Secretary. Announcing the changes, Chris Austin, Chairman of the Trust, said: “My fellow Directors and I welcome Claire and David to the Read More …

No 6705 enjoys a Spring clean

Preparing and varnishing interior door panel mouldings of GWR BCK no 6705 at Williton on 28 February 2016. Pic by Mike Dunse. Spring cleaning the first class compartment of GWR BCK no 6705 at Williton on 28 February 2016. Pic by Mike Dunse. Washing down the gleaming exterior of GWR BCK no 6705 at Williton Read More …

Steam Trust AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Steam Trust will take place on Saturday 23 April 2016, starting at 1400, at the Gauge Museum, Bishops Lydeard Station. The formal notice and papers, including the Trust’s annual report and accounts, will be circulated in March and also posted on the website.   The Trustees look forward to Read More …

Newsletter no 5 is published

The latest newsletter is now available. This includes items discussed by the Trustees at their meeting on 10 February, including adoption of the report and accounts for 2014-15, a policy on reserves and revised membership rules. Under the new membership rules, you can now join the Trust for a minimum donation of £1 a month. Read More …

Model railways featured

Claire Sheppy writes: In recognition of the the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway in 1966 , the modelling magazine “British Railway Modelling” will be carrying several S and D slanted articles in the March issue, now on sale. Included in the magazine will be articles on the models of Read More …

Replacing the covers

On Thursday, 28 January 2016, a working party visited Dunster West sidings. The work involved replacing the degraded tarpaulin on Toplight coach CK no 7740 which is stored there.  She dates from 1911, and was latterly the staff training coach at Minehead. With the tarpaulins removed, GWR CK no 7740 is revealed – a gem Read More …

The Coombes Report – statement by the Trust

Steam Trust backs implementation of The Way Ahead The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust supports the call by the Reform Group for an Extraordinary General Meeting of the West Somerset Railway Association to be held at an early date to ensure that the key recommendations of the Coombes report The Way Ahead can be agreed Read More …

Recent posts...

  • Newsletter no 11 published
  • Minutes of the Board Meeting held on 14 November 2018
  • Appointment of Learning Officer for the HLF Project at the Gauge Museum
  • Work continues apace on BCK no 6705
  • Latest pictures of GWR BCK no 6705
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust Chairman
  • Appointment of Learning Officer
  • Appointment of Jonathan Jones-Pratt as Acting Chairman of West Somerset Railway Plc
  • The West Somerset Forties Weekend
  • Peter Barnfield
  • Draft minutes of Board Meeting on 16 July 2018
  • Nos 9038 and 6705 at Norton Platform
  • On the way to the Rally…
  • Simon Parkin visits the West Somerset Railway
  • No 6705 heads for the Steam Rally
  • The Trust’s Gauge Museum Project wins Heritage Lottery Funding support
  • GWR BCK no 6705: two compartments near completion
  • HLF grant for Gauge Museum approved
  • Dunkirk Memorial House WW1 Commemorative Event
  • Progress with the Heritage Carriages
  • The Trust is looking for a new Treasurer
  • Summer 2018 newsletter published
  • Outcome of revised HLF application awaited
  • New display at Gauge Museum
  • The Trust has published a Privacy Statement
  • Draft minutes of recent Annual General Meeting
  • Notice of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
  • Gauge Museum Model Railway to re-open on 17 March 2018
  • WSR Archive Store
  • Gauge Museum news
  • Track up at the Gauge Museum!
  • All time record for the Gauge Museum Model Railway
  • Newsletter no 9 is issued
  • A gleaming Sleeping Car no 9038
  • Trust consults on updated Business Plan
  • Draft minutes of Trust Board meeting on 16 November 2017
  • Heritage carriages news
  • Historic homecoming for railway treasure after 50 years
  • An opportunity to ‘bring home’ a significant West Somerset Railway artefact
  • Newly upholstered seats for 6705
  • No 4160 in ‘O’ Gauge…
  • Upholstery work underway for GWR BCK no 6705
  • New documents added to the Trust website
  • Visit to the Swanage Railway Museums
  • WSSRT Office in the Gauge Museum
  • The Trust’s Newsletter no 8 is now available
  • No 9038 returns to Bishops Lydeard
  • No 9038 is the star of the show
  • Trust presses on despite lottery setback
  • The Sleeping Car heads for Minehead
  • Draft minutes of the AGM and of the April Board meeting
  • Working on GWR BCK no 6705
  • The Steam Trust at the Spring Steam Gala
  • 2017 AGM
  • ‘Flying Scotsman’ tickets on sale early for Trust members
  • Long term security for Steam Trust under new agreement
  • Heritage Lottery Fund grant application submitted
  • Geoff Evens joins the Board of the Steam Trust
  • Replacing the covers on CK 7740
  • Draft minutes of the February Board Meeting
  • Trust’s plans for the Gauge Museum take a step forward
  • Signal Box Heritage Fund Procedures
  • Coaches at Dunster
  • The Business Plan
  • Volunteers required for Steam Trust museum at Blue Anchor
  • Steam Trust update
  • Advance information about meeting dates
  • No 6705 – a progress report
  • West Somerset Steam Railway Trust update
  • The Trust at the Steam Rally
  • Newsletter no 6 issued…
  • News update
  • Concour’s d’Elegance
  • Minutes of the recent Annual General Meeting
  • News update
  • Formal notice of AGM issued
  • Changes to WSSRT Trustees
  • No 6705 enjoys a Spring clean
  • Steam Trust AGM
  • Newsletter no 5 is published
  • Model railways featured
  • All dressed up and nowhere to go…
  • Replacing the covers
  • The Coombes Report – statement by the Trust
  • Heritage carriages project January 2016 update
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