The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Year: 2020

April 2, 2020 Admin No comments exist

After the West Somerset Railway plc (WSR) was forced to suspend operations and shut down on 17 March –  before the 2020 running season even got underway planned for Saturday 21 March –  an urgent appeal was launched on the company’s website for desperately-needed funds to help the 22-mile line heritage line get through the…

March 19, 2020 Admin No comments exist

After a stay of two and a half months in the loco compound, while the Gauge Museum was repainted and refurbished, the Trust’s sleeping car, GWR no 9038, returned to the museum on Wednesday 18 March 2020.  Before being allowed back inside the building, the sleeping car was given a thorough wash and brush-up in…

March 18, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Following the decision to postpone the reopening of the railway, the Trust will not be reopening the museums at Bishops Lydeard and Blue Anchor this weekend either, and similarly the formal reopening of the Gauge Museum on 11 April is postponed as well.  In the circumstances, this is inevitable. All will be ready for when the railway steams again.  It will …

March 13, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Geoff Evens writes: “Just arrived from Isle Joinery in Exeter, the newly completed Roll of Honour frame for the original in memoriam which is to be displayed in the refurbished Gauge Museum. Harry Kirkland made the original frame for the museum in 1990. I am sure many of you will remember viewing the in memoriam…

March 13, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Work on the museum refurbishment moves on a pace. We have now had a number of the new story boards installed and the majority of the outstanding painting is almost complete. It is planned that the final fit for the story boards and exhibits will take place next week. Today we had a film crew…

March 7, 2020 Admin No comments exist

March 5th 2020 saw the scaffolding inside the museum finally removed. There has been much work carried out by the Steam Trust’s dedicated group of volunteers who have worked so hard in getting the inside of the goods shed cleaned and painted.

March 7, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Another important milestone was passed on March 3rd 2020 in the refurbishment process in the Gauge Museum with the completion of the high level work. During the next two days the scaffolding will be removed to start to move on to the final phase in finishing the task ready for the official reopening on April…

March 3, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Further to our news item on 18 January about the appointment of Alan Smithers as the new Curator for Blue Anchor Museum, Alan took up post on 20th February. The Steam Trust is now starting the process of looking  at the future role of Blue Anchor on the WSR and Alan will be playing a…

February 24, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The Trust has commissioned Isle Joinery Ltd., Taunton to fabricate a new frame for Gauge Museum Roll of Honour. It is being fabricated from utile hardwood, of the mahogany family; a young craftsman has done the work on it. The attached photos show how far Isle Joinery have got. The Roll of Honour shows the…

February 21, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust has welcomed the appointment of the railway’s new General Manager, Justin Kerr-Peterson.  Chairman Chris Austin said: “We warmly welcome Justin back to the WSR as General Manager and will support him fully in running the railway and increasing the number of visitors to England’s longest heritage railway this year.  …

February 13, 2020 Admin No comments exist

All hands to the pumps!  A concerted attack is made on the museum walls, with (R to L) Paul Conibeare, Matthew Loate and Alan Meade painting the brick wall, while in the background Peter Darke paints the north end timber wall.  Upstairs Richard Gibbs and Geoff Evens are at work above the photographer, while downstairs,…

February 9, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The picture shows the author and broadcaster Christian Wolmar (right) who presented the Heritage Railway Association awards in Birmingham on 8 February 2020 with  James Pearson (left) and Tom Shaw (2nd from right)  who were runners up for the Lord Faulkner Young Volunteer of the Year award.  James is a PIC on the Gauge Museum…

February 3, 2020 Admin No comments exist

As the weeks and weekends go by, we are making good progress with the refurbishment of the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard Station. As the five photos illustrate; the good team-bonding and morale, the amount of progress we are achieving and the laborious work we still have left to do. We have nearly completed cleaning…

January 29, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The museum has been emptied and being prepared for internal painting.  The scaffolding provides a new perspective from track level looking towards Minehead.  Note the exposed doors that used to lead to an extended siding underneath the Taunton Model Railway Group building.

January 18, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The Board of Trustees is delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Alan Smithers as the new substantive Curator of the Museum at Blue Anchor Station. Trustees thanked David Baker for his interim stewardship of the Museum. David will continue to be involved with developments at Blue Anchor. Alan, who, in addition to…

January 16, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust Chairman, Chris Austin, presenting the West Somerset Railway Chairman, Jonathan Jones-Pratt, with a cheque for £35,000 as a contribution towards the WSR Track Appeal. The Trust has to date donated over £40,000. The contribution is for the purchase of heritage track components, particularly for Blue Anchor and falls within…

January 14, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The pictures show a different aspect of the Gauge Museum roof, a view not seen by very many. The museum has now been scaffolded throughout and the Trust can start to get the inside of the museum repainted in preparation for the new “storyboard” approach that will show the railway and its role within the…

January 10, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Following 12 months of hard work by its Project Team and volunteers, the Steam Trust is pleased to be able to publish the proposals for the redesign and reinterpretation of the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard station. This has been made possible by the National Heritage Lottery fund grant of £40,000 together with a contribution…

Recent posts...

  • West Somerset Railway funding appeal hits the right notes
  • Minutes of the recent Board meeting
  • A wash and brush-up for 9038
  • Museum re-opening postponed
  • Roll of Honour
  • Progress at the Gauge Museum
  • Gauge Museum scaffolding removed
  • Another important milestone passed
  • News about Blue Anchor Museum
  • The GWR Roll of Honour
  • Steam Trust welcomes new GM
  • Minutes of Board Meeting published
  • Refurbishing the Gauge Museum
  • Heritage Railway Association Awards
  • Gauge Museum Renovation Project Update
  • Gauge Museum: latest picture
  • New curator for Blue Anchor Museum
  • The Trust contributes £35,000 to Track Appeal
  • Work in progress at the Gauge Museum
  • Proposals for redesign and reinterpretation of Gauge Museum
  • James is through to the Finals
  • Newsletter no 13 published
  • A generous donation…
  • WSR Plc Chairman’s end of season message
  • Minutes of Board Meeting published
  • James Pearson nominated for HRA Award
  • GWR letter rack
  • Museum revelations
  • Award presentation
  • Learning Assistants needed
  • Infrastructure update
  • Parcels train
  • WSR Autumn Steam Gala, Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October 2019
  • Steam and Scream Community Event at Watchet
  • Minutes of the September Board Meeting
  • Urgently required: A curator for Museum at Blue Anchor
  • New steps for TK 5856
  • All dressed up and nowhere to go
  • Analysis of feedback from Taunton shuttle train passengers
  • 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
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