The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Year: 2018

December 22, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust is delighted that David Baker has agreed to return as a Trustee.  David will work with the Board in particular on the safety Management documentation that needs to be in place for Trust activities both in its two museums and on carriage restoration and will also look after the…

December 10, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust has published its latest Newsletter. Issue No. 11 includes:Statement from the West Somerset Railway PLC Board (The Chairman, West Somerset Railway, PLC)Gauge Museum News; WSSRT Board of Trustees Meetings from April to November 2018 and Trustee Changes (WSSRT Board of Trustees)Membership Details and 2017-18 Financial Results (Don Fraser, Treasurer)Annual…

November 16, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Work continues apace on BCK 6705, with all of the compartments virtually completed now, (basically they just await carpeting), work recently has very much concentrated on the two toilets, the attached photograph shows the toilet at the third class end of the coach. The second photograph shows one of the third class compartments with the…

October 5, 2018 Admin No comments exist

At the Community Rail Awards in Glasgow on 4 October 2018, Steam Trust Chairman Chris Austin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by ScotRail Managing Director Alex Hynes for his work on community rail and for building bridges between community and heritage railways. The awards are sponsored by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships…

October 3, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant to improve and enhance the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset Railway. The Trust is now looking to appoint a Learning Officer to develop and then implement the learning offer for schools and family visitors to the…

September 16, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Forties Weekend on the 15th and 16th of September brought a steady flow of visitors into the Trust’s Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard. They were keen to see the 1897 Sleeping Car and of course also visit the model railway Gauge Junction. The museum was visited by HM King George Vl and…

August 30, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Chris Austin writes about the passing of Peter Barnfield: “Founding member of the Blue Anchor Railway Museum, Peter Barnfield, passed away on 15 August after a long illness.  Peter and Ginny were pioneers with Pete Treharne in setting up the museum, which remains very much as he designed it. For many years Peter produced fantastic…

August 2, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Claire Sheppy writes: From Monday 6th August to Saturday 11th August, various staff and volunteers from the West Somerset Railway are going to be featured on Simon Parkin’s regular “Off Street Parkin”  feature at approximately 11:45 AM on BBC Somerset radio. The features will be as follows: Interview with Paul Conibeare at approximately 10:45 AM…

July 12, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The Trust has heard this morning that its application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £40,000 grant to re-launch the Gauge Museum and develop its educational activities has been approved. The Trust will be putting £20,000 of its own resources into the project. Chris Austin, Trust Chairman, said “We are naturally delighted that, after…

July 10, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Geoff Evens writes: “The WSSRT was invited to the Dunkirk Memorial House WW1 Commemorative Event on Saturday 7 July 2018. Our message was linked to the use of ambulance trains during the conflict and the WSSRT Churchward Toplight TK 3639 that was built 1908 and converted to ambulance coach in 1916 and deployed to France….

June 21, 2018 Admin No comments exist

A first glimpse of the inside of GWR Toplight no 3639, now being cleared and prepared for restoration. Note the original toplights still in situ and the characteristic diagonal floorboards as well as a compartment wall. A store of components, including a door,are on the floor. No 3639 served as an ambulance coach during the…

June 16, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The Trust is looking for a new Treasurer to take over from Chris Bolt during the summer. The Trust has 75 members and we are principally dependent on subscriptions and donations to support our work in running the museums at Blue Anchor and Bishops Lydeard, and in restoring original Great Western carriages at Williton. The…

June 15, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Issue 10 of the Steam Trust newsletter has now been published, with updates on the activities of the Trust in the first half of the year. See the Newsletters page for links to this and previous newsletters…  

June 10, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The Trust made an application last year to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to support development of the Gauge Museum. Disappointingly, this was turned down; but we were encouraged to re-submit, and a revised application was submitted at the beginning of May. We should hear the outcome by early July. Over the winter,…

June 6, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The new display at the Gauge Museum which reflects the theme of the forthcoming Diesel Gala – “Vintage Diesels to the seaside.”  The superb model of D 832 and other items have been kindly loaned by DEPG.  The display will remain until the end of June. Words and picture by Chris Austin

March 13, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The Model Railway at the Gauge Museum, Bishops Lydeard Station will re-open on 17 March 2018 now that the winter engineering work is over.  James Pearson testing circuits at the end of the work with Tom Donelly and Matt Jackson working with him.  Pic by Alan Meade.   A great shot of the test train…

March 10, 2018 Admin No comments exist

The RAMS team have done a great job in enlarging the archive store in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard and fitting  it out with shelving.  A working party of museum volunteers put back the material yesterday (Friday) and started to prepare the museum for reopening next Saturday, 17th March. (Above) The new shelving with…

February 6, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Work on the gauge Museum and the model railway will continue throughout February and into March and the museum will be closed to visitors during the half term week. The Museum will reopen on March 17th with the track repairs complete on the model railway and fresh displays in the museum reflecting the Gala theme…

January 7, 2018 Admin No comments exist

Track removed on the Gauge Museum Model Railway to deal with voids below the ballast and to improve the alignment. Just like the real thing – the picture was taken on 6 January 2018, when the West of England Main Line was closed west of Exeter for engineering work! L to R – Geoff Evens,…

January 4, 2018 Admin No comments exist

When the doors closed at the Steam Trust’s Gauge museum on December 31st, an all time record of 13,026 people had visited the model railway. The young and enthusiastic team had met their target and to do it had opened every operating day during December, which saw 1,751 visitors. Visitor feedback has been positive both…

Recent posts...

  • Launch of new 40th Anniversary book
  • ‘Quantock Steamer’ launched
  • Rail Renewal Project
  • Tales of the West Somerset Railway
  • £250,000 track replacement fundraising campaign
  • The Trust looking for additional Trustees
  • Curator – Blue Anchor Museum
  • ‘Somerset Day’ 11 May 2019
  • Minutes of the Board Meeting on 24 April 2019
  • WSR, WSRA and WSSRT Meeting
  • Trust helps rail replacement
  • Blue Anchor Museum
  • Volunteering at Gauge Museum
  • Celebrate Somerset Day at the Gauge Museum
  • GWR approves WSR’s ‘Exmoor Gateway’ bid
  • Easter at Gauge Junction
  • Gauge Museum to be refurbished
  • Exciting new learning opportunities on the West Somerset Railway!
  • Tales of the West Somerset Railway
  • Heritage carriages news
  • Update on Gauge Museum Project
  • News from the 2019 Annual General Meeting
  • The Trust Museums
  • Heritage carriages together
  • Appeal for help with learning
  • The pre-season WSR Stakeholders Meeting
  • Volunteers at Blue Anchor urgently required
  • WSR Stakeholder Meeting 2 March 2019
  • Recent pictures of 6705
  • Working Parties in the Gauge Museum
  • Model railway, education, community, promotion and volunteers
  • Developing Learning at the Gauge Museum
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting
  • Induction Pack
  • Fundraising Plan
  • Business Plan 2019 Update
  • AGM reminder
  • HLF Learning Offer
  • Safety Management
  • Steam Trust Board Agrees Next Phase of Heritage Carriages Project
  • Appointment of Design and Interpretation Consultants for Gauge Museum HLF Project
  • Award success for three young WSR volunteers
  • A summer exhibition
  • GWR BCK no 6705 looking good…
  • The Heritage Railway Association Young Person Award
  • David Baker returns as Trustee
  • 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
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