The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Year: 2017

A gleaming Sleeping Car no 9038

The Sleeping Car in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard on 9 December 2017. The picture shows the paintwork repairs expertly carried out by Duncan Hensley and Harry Spencer from West Somerset Restorations. A topcoat of varnish has left the car gleaming and ready for 2018!  

Heritage carriages news

The first picture shows Toplight coach 7740 (built in 1911) stored at Dunster West siding. Storm ‘Brian’ stripped off parts of the cover, requiring it to be cut back to avoid passing trains. Her classic lines are revealed to passing passengers until the Heritage Carriages team can get out there to replace the cover to Read More …

Historic homecoming for railway treasure after 50 years

West Somerset Railway supporters have brought a unique Great Western Railway signal box name plate back to the popular heritage railway.   Minehead signal box closed in 1966 and its nameplate was sold.  Railway volunteers clubbed together to buy the nameplate and bring it back to Somerset.  Rapid work by 22 supporters, and the Friends Read More …

Newly upholstered seats for 6705

Newly upholstered seats have been received for BCK no 6705. The first picture shows the blue first class seats and the second picture the red third class ones (they are propped up in the image, and not in their final position). The remaining seats have now gone away to be covered.  

No 4160 in ‘O’ Gauge…

One of our volunteers, Claire Sheppy, has, with members of her family, rebuilt a large Hornby O gauge layout created originally by her father. Exhibited this weekend for charity at Sevenoaks in Kent, it features a model of our own 4160.   The first picture shows 4160 awaiting its next turn of duty in the Read More …

Upholstery work underway for GWR BCK no 6705

The first class seatback and a selection of headrests and armrests from 6705 which are being re-upholstered in Abingdon. There is several weeks work to do to complete the task after which they will be returned to Williton for fitting in the coach. Words and pics by Chris Austin  

Visit to the Swanage Railway Museums

Following the visit to the Gauge Museum by volunteers from the Swanage Railway Museum last November, Chris Austin, Geoff Evens and Chris Bolt made a return visit on 30 May, hosted by Gavin Johns (chairman of the Swanage Railway Trust) and several of the museum volunteers. We were shown round both the Purbeck Mineral and Read More …

WSSRT Office in the Gauge Museum

Today Jacquie Green, WSRA Manager has completed the Association move into their new office adjacent to BL2 and handed back the office keys to Chris Austin WSSRT Chairman.   The WSSRT and WSRA had agreed that the WSRA could use the office in the Gauge Museum until the new Association office was ready.   Chris Read More …

The Trust’s Newsletter no 8 is now available

Issue No. 8 of the Steam Trust newsletter has just been published. Included are reports on: February and April Board meetings (Geoff Evens) The Annual General Meeting (David Baker) Progress with Collett BCK 6705 (Chris Austin) Museums in Somerset (Chris Bolt) Museum Making: Project to Refresh the Gauge Museum (Chris Bolt) Model Railway in the Read More …

No 9038 returns to Bishops Lydeard

The Trust’s GWR Sleeping Car no 9038 was returned to Bishops Lydeard on 19 May 2017 after its starring role at the Antiques Roadshow event at Minehead Station. The Sleeping Car made a fine sight behind GWR Hall 4-6-0 no 6960 “Raveningham Hall” on the twenty mile journey along the Minehead Branch. The pictures by Read More …

No 9038 is the star of the show

The Trust’s 1897 Sleeping Car featured extensively in the filming of the Antiques Roadshow at Minehead Station on Wednesday 17 May 2017 with many visitors shown round the inside of the Car. The Sleeping Car was used for three of the evaluations with filming taking place inside the passenger saloon.   Rupert Maas discussing a Read More …

Trust presses on despite lottery setback

The Steam Trust submitted a proposal to the Heritage Lottery Fund in March to improve the displays at the Gauge museum at Bishops Lydeard and to instal interactive interpretation displays designed to attract younger visitors, with wi-fi to allow visitors to use their i-phones to give an audio tour.  The £65,000 bid (with an extra Read More …

The Sleeping Car heads for Minehead

GWR Sleeping Car no 9038 was removed from the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard on 10 May 2017. No 9038 later travelled to Minehead, attached to a service train, to star at the forthcoming filming of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Pictures below by Chris Austin. The last picture shows a rather empty Gauge Museum at Read More …

Working on GWR BCK no 6705

Steam Trust volunteer Peter Thompson on 25 April 2017 cleaning the steam heat gauge from the brakevan of GWR BCK no 6705 prior to refitting – and using an impromptu seat provided by a loco wheelset. Picture by Chris Austin     Steam Trust volunteers Greg McNelly and Roger Legg (top) unsealing the gangway door Read More …

The Steam Trust at the Spring Steam Gala

The museums at Blue Anchor and Bishops Lydeard will be open throughout the gala on all four days, as will the GWR sleeping car at Bishops Lydeard. The model railway in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard will also be open each day and our young volunteers here are looking forward to welcoming visitors. There Read More …

2017 AGM

The Steam Trust AGM is being held this year on Saturday 22 April, in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard, starting at 1400.   Click here for the formal Notice and papers.    

Long term security for Steam Trust under new agreement

The Trust has now signed an agreement  with the PLC covering the two museums at Blue Anchor and Bishops Lydeard, on access at Williton for carriage restoration, on storage of heritage carriages pending restoration and on the use of carriages once restored. The agreement can be read under ‘Documents‘ on the Trust website.   The Read More …

Heritage Lottery Fund grant application submitted

The Steam Trust has now submitted its application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £65,000 to refresh the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard. A decision is expected by the middle of May. If successful, the grant – with additional Steam Trust resources and volunteer input – will enable the Trust to enhance Read More …

Replacing the covers on CK 7740

On Sunday 26 February 2017 a Trust gang replaced the covers on CK 7740 at Dunster West. The picture shows the new cover in position, protecting the coach pending its restoration. The gusting wind is flattening the cover against the bodyside, so that every detail of doors and windows can be seen. The work was Read More …

Signal Box Heritage Fund Procedures

Following an approach from WSR signalmen, the Trust agreed last year to establish a new Restricted Fund with the aim of acquiring heritage items for WSR signal boxes. The Trust has now agreed a set of rules which set out how the Fund will be administered. A number of signalmen are already making contributions to 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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