The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Year: 2019

August 19, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Williams as its first Vice Chairman. Steve will combine this role with his existing responsibilities as Company Secretary, in leading on implementation of the Trust’s Business Plan and as project lead for the Gauge Museum project with its £40,000 contribution from…

August 6, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The WSRA Steam & Vintage Rally 2019 was held at Norton Fitzwarren over the weekend of 03/04 August. The Trust exhibited its Sleeping Car 9038 and Toplight Carriage no. 6705, both vehicles looking resplendent in the summer sunshine. 9038 was one of three Sleeping Cars introduced by the GWR in 1897 to carry First Class…

July 25, 2019 Admin No comments exist

23 July 2019 This coming weekend, the new Saturdays-only GWR Summer shuttle service trains starts on Saturday July 27 and will then continue through August and into the autumn on selected dates forming a timetabled link between the national rail network at Taunton station and the West Somerset Railway (WSR), one of Somerset’s top tourist…

July 9, 2019 Admin No comments exist

GWR Shuttles to West Somerset Railway details are announced on 08 July 2019 Saturday trains starting on July 27 and through August and into the autumn form the basis of the new GWR summer shuttle service linking the national rail network at Taunton station and the West Somerset Railway, one of Somerset’s top tourist attractions….

June 19, 2019 Admin No comments exist

People still wishing to order the Trust’s new 40th anniversary ‘Tales of the WSR’ book by mail order from either the Minehead or Bishops Lydeard shops are advised that the earlier postage rate was incorrect and the new rate to purchase the book including postage and packaging is £11.50.

June 18, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The Minutes of the Board Meeting held on 22 May 2019 have been published. See the Documents page or follow this link. These were approved as a correct record with one amendment to Minute 311: “The railway will be closed for possession purposes between Watchet and Minehead from October 2019 until March 2020 to undertake…

June 8, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust (WSSRT) has published a new 40th Anniversary book chronicling some personal memories and momentous events of the last four decades. The WSSRT hosted a book signing to launch the new book on the evening of Friday 7 June in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard. Despite the pouring rain…

June 7, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Over the weekend of 8th and 9th June, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) will be holding a special 40th anniversary Event to mark it becoming England’s longest heritage railway forty years ago in 1979.  As Quantock Brewery is one of the closest businesses to Bishops Lydeard station, Quantock have brewed an exclusive new beer to mark this special occasion….

June 3, 2019 Admin No comments exist

A letter to WSR shareholders invites purchase of new shares for the Rail Renewal Project and also invites donations via the Association or the Trust. Unfortunately the e-mail address given for the Trust Treasurer is wrong and should read fraserdon1@live.co.uk Thanks.

May 30, 2019 Admin No comments exist

New book launched by West Somerset Steam Railway Trust recounting personal recollections from some of those stalwarts who helped rebuild the railway over the last 40 years. When the former British Rail closed the once-bustling former Great Western Railway 25-mile branch line to Minehead from Taunton in 1971, a local businessman and railway enthusiasts simply…

May 24, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) and West Somerset Steam Railway Trust (WSSRT) has just launched an ambitious £250,000 fundraising campaign to assist the West Somerset Railway plc (WSR plc) in urgently raising funds for the WSR’s planned track relays over the winter months of 2019. All of the WSR’s track is currently in the…

May 17, 2019 Admin No comments exist

How would you like to be a Trustee for a small, friendly and vibrant Charity? The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust (Steam Trust) is looking to co-opt to additional Trustees to its Board. One of the Trustee positions will take a lead on volunteer development whilst the other will initially be a generic Trustee role…

May 17, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust is a small charity working in support of the West Somerset Railway. The Trust currently has 83 members and around 40 volunteers with a regular annual income of around £20,000. It is principally dependent on subscriptions and donations (many paid by standing order) to support the work of the…

April 25, 2019 Admin No comments exist

During a very productive meeting between the WSSRT Trustees and the WSR PLC chairman on 24 April, the Trust Chairman, Chris Austin handed the PLC chairman, Jon Jones-Pratt, a cheque for £5,000 as a contribution from the Trust towards the rail replacements at Blue Anchor.

April 22, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust’s Museum at Blue Anchor will not be open during the present period as all trains and passengers are currently using the Up line through Blue Anchor Station. This is due to the ongoing repairs to the down line. Further information on the museums opening times will be made available…

April 21, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Are you perhaps a young railway modeller who is looking forward to enjoying the hobby with others? If so, why not come and join our operating team at Gauge Junction. Our medium sized 00-gauge analogue controlled model railway can be located on the upper floor of the Gauge Museum on platform 1 at Bishops Lydeard…

April 18, 2019 Admin No comments exist

If you are visiting Bishops Lydeard on Somerset Day this year, don’t forget to join us in the Gauge Museum on Platform One for some family fun! Based around the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) we are planning to offer a range of exciting activities to help you learn more about…

April 16, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Regular train services on the West Somerset Railway are a step closer after a scheme to trial weekend shuttles between Taunton and Bishops Lydeard has been awarded funding from Great Western Railway. Designed to help boost the local economy, GWR invited bids from its Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) last Summer, and on 16…

April 16, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Easter holiday weekend will soon be here and if you plan to visit the railway at the weekend, why not pay us a visit at Gauge Junction?  We are situated on the upper floor of the Gauge museum on platform 1 at Bishops Lydeard station and will be open every day from Wednesday 17th until…

April 6, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust is moving forward with the planning of the Gauge Museum Project and is starting to look at the various tasks that are to be carried out during this coming November and the beginning of next year. It is the first time for many years there is an opportunity to…

March 26, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Trust Recruits New Learning Assistants As part of our development of the Learning Offer for the Gauge Museum Project, the Trust is recruiting to the new role of Learning Assistant. Learning Assistants will work with Helen Anson in the implementation of the Learning Offer to schools, children and family visitors. We are looking for people…

March 26, 2019 Admin No comments exist

2018 AGM minutes These were approved. Re-election of Directors Chris Austin was re-elected as a Trustee and Director and remains Chairman Ian Coleby was re-elected as a Trustee and Director. Election of New Directors David Baker was elected as a Trustee and Director Don Fraser was elected as a Trustee and Director and is the…

March 20, 2019 Admin No comments exist

The new season on the WSR starts on Saturday 30 March, and the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard will reopen then as will Gauge Junction, the model railway.  During the period that trains are running to Watchet only, opening hours will be from 09.45 to 14.30.  From Good Friday, 19 April onwards, with the full…

March 5, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Our Schools programme is now moving forward from its initial phase of development. As we indicated earlier, we are very keen to provide hands-on museum sessions that will cover the WSR’s links with Brunel and the GWR, the impact of the railway on local history as well as links to the STEM subjects (science, technology,…

March 4, 2019 Admin No comments exist

It was standing room only as 320 supporters of the West Somerset Railway (WSR) attended a packed, three-hour meeting for stakeholders at the Oake Manor Golf Club, near Taunton on Saturday 2 March 2019. WSR plc Chairman, Jonathan Jones-Pratt, and a number of other directors and senior figures from the railway addressed those present and…

February 28, 2019 Admin No comments exist

From the WSSRT Chairman – Working Parties in the Gauge Museum, Bishops Lydeard. It has been a long winter without trains, but the new season is fast approaching, and we will be opening to the public from Saturday March 30th onwards. Before we get there, though, there is a lot to do to refresh the…

February 23, 2019 Admin No comments exist

On Thursday 21st February 2019 a meeting took place in the Gauge Museum between Matt Sutton, Helen Anson [Gauge Museum’s Educational Officer] and Catherine Dance [WSRA Community Engagement Officer] to discuss ways in which the layout could play a part in future educational and community projects that are being developed. The team of operators, Helen…

February 17, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Following our successful application for HLF funding last year, we are excited to update you on our progress so far. Our Schools programme is in the initial phase of its development, with hands-on museum sessions planned, covering the WSR’s links with Brunel and the GWR, the impact of the railway on local history as well…

February 15, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Notice to all Trust Members The AGM will be held on Saturday, 23 March 2019 in the Meeting Room behind Bishops Lydeard station. Members will be receiving their individual packs by email or post in the next few days. In the meantime, here are the papers for early access. 2019 AGM Agenda Proxy Form Business…

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Following discussions with the PLC and some preliminary internal proposals from Trustees, work will now proceed on developing and induction pack for new Trust volunteers. This work is being led by Geoff Evens and Don Fraser and will also provide the opportunity for existing volunteers to update themselves on key policies and procedures particularly in…

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

At the same meeting, Trustees approved the final version of the Trust Fundraising Plan which will now be taken forward led by the Secretary, Steve Williams. Details of progress being made will be published on a regular basis as developments take place.

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

At its January meeting, the Board agreed the 2019 update to the Business Plan which will be included as part of the AGM pack for Members. Details of the Plan will also be published more widely after the AGM.

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Just a brief note for all Members that the 2019 AGM will be held on Saturday 23rd March at 2 PM in the Meeting Room behind Bishops Lydeard station. The agenda and papers including proxy forms will be circulated in the next few days.. In addition to the formal agenda, there will be the opportunity…

February 13, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Helen Anson, the Trust Learning Officer is making excellent progress in developing the Learning Offer about the Gauge Museum and related WSR Heritage for schools, community groups and other stakeholders. Helen will be preparing to visit schools and other settings shortly and details will be available on the website and through the Trust Newsletter when…

February 13, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Following a report to the January Board, work is now underway conjunction with the PLC on updating the Trust safety policies and working practices such that they comply with the latest version and requirements of the PLC Safety Management System. This follows the ORR visit to the railway in October 2018 and will also include…

Recent posts...

  • Steam Trust appoints Vice Chairman
  • The WSRA Steam and Vintage Rally
  • The launch of the Taunton Shuttle
  • New Somerset train services start on July 27
  • Minutes of July Board Meeting
  • Newsletter no 12 published
  • New Somerset train services start on July 27
  • Peter Barnfield “A Railway Retrospective”
  • ‘Tales of the West Somerset Railway’
  • Minutes of Board Meeting 22 May 2019
  • 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
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