The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Year: 2021

July 20, 2021 Admin

The 20-mile West Somerset Railway (WSR) is joining fellow heritage railways next week all over the country from as far afield as Cornwall, Suffolk, North Wales, North East Scotland and Northern Ireland (NB: see full list under Notes) in a new nationwide campaign to raise greater awareness of Britain’s heritage rail sector. Spearheaded by the…

July 11, 2021 Admin

When British Rail closed the once-bustling branch line to Minehead in 1971, a local businessman and railway enthusiasts refused to let it die. They thought the railway was worth saving and battled with the National Union of Railwaymen and British Rail to be allowed to run trains again. They succeeded and in 1976 the new…

June 16, 2021 Admin

The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Brown as a Trustee joining the board. Martin holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Relations and worked with both the HSE and HMRI before taking up posts as Health and Safety Director with Tube Lines (London Underground Maintenance), Docklands Light…

June 8, 2021 Admin

As Members will know, we have issued the attached information pack giving details of the forthcoming EGM to be held on Friday, 23 July 2021 by Zoom. Unfortunately, due to an oversight, I neglected to inform you of the time of the meeting! Please accept my apologies. The meeting will take place at 5:30 PM…

June 5, 2021 Admin No comments exist

After the West Somerset Railway (WSR) had two formal appeals turned down following the recent rejection of its second-round bid to the Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Second Round for ‘Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage’ (CRFH) financial support, the WSR has launched an emergency ‘SOS’ funding appeal for £1 million to see…

June 2, 2021 Admin

The WSRHT board is pleased to announce that Mike Thompson will take over the role of Chairman of the Trust from the date of the next AGM. During the interim period, Mike will work alongside Steve Williams in his current role as acting Chairman to effect a smooth transition of duties. Steve will remain on the board…

June 2, 2021 Admin

The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust has just published a Souvenir Booklet to the new look Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard. Packed with historical information and images from the museum’s displays, it also records the history of the Model Railway Group, the Trust’s 1897 sleeping car and outlines the education and learning programmes within the…

May 26, 2021 Admin No comments exist

On Saturday the 22 May 2021, the Gauge Museum and Gauge Junction reopened after a somewhat extended refurbishment. It has been a very long voyage we have all under taken, having to deal with Covid 19 and the lockdowns. During this time no one was able to work in the museum or model railway. But…

April 9, 2021 Admin

The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust (WSRHT) is pleased to publish the formal notification details following the successful Culture Recovery Fund – 2nd Round application. To view the document, please click here. West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust (WSRHT) to receive £13,100 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund The Heritage Trust is…

March 30, 2021 Admin

The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust is delighted to welcome Mike Lee as our latest new Trustee to join the board. Mike is a retired engineer, having worked in the military for both the RAF and the MOD, the latter as an engineering designer, specialising in how to produce safer, more reliable and easier to maintain…

February 2, 2021 Admin No comments exist

Have you got what it takes to help manage and direct  a small but dynamic charity? The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust (formerly the Steam Trust) is looking for two Trustees to join the Board. In addition to their corporate responsibilities, each Trustee will lead on a specific portfolio. These are safety management and heritage…

January 22, 2021 Admin No comments exist

The Trustees have published Newsletter no 16. This is the first to be issued by the Trust under its new name, the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust. View Newsletter no 16 View the Newsletters page

January 11, 2021 Admin No comments exist

The WSRHT (formerly WSSRT) charity would like to invite applications from any volunteers who can act as a content manager and help with the development and running of their web site. Any interested parties should be familiar with the processes for designing and implementing functionalities on a web site, including the appointment of a new web hosting provider…

Recent posts...

  • West Somerset Railway Gets on Board ‘Love Your Railway’ Nation-Wide Campaign
  • ‘Tales of the West Somerset Railway’ book to order
  • Board Meeeting 20th May 2021
  • The new appointment of a Heritage Trust Trustee
  • WSRHT Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)
  • WSR PLC 2021 Emergency Appeal
  • Announcement about the chairmanship of the Heritage Trust
  • Recent Publication of The Gauge Museum Souvenir Guide
  • Gauge Museum reopening May 2021
  • Cultural Heritage Recovery Fund Second Grant announcement
  • Minutes of recent Board Meeting
  • New Trustee joins the Board
  • Have you got what it takes
  • Minutes of recent Board meeting
  • Newsletter no 16 published
  • Web site manager
  • Minutes of Board Meeting 19 November 2020
  • Minutes of recent Board Meeting
  • Summary of the 2020 AGM
  • Minutes of recent Board Meeting
  • Covered carriages
  • Statement to members
  • A note from Chris Price
  • Minutes of recent Board Meeting
  • Resignation of David Baker
  • The Trust Chairman
  • Membership Applications
  • A generous donation
  • New Trustees Welcomed
  • A note for Trust members
  • Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
  • Railway letter box
  • PDG draft minutes
  • At the Gauge Museum
  • Annual General Meeting
  • One Railway
  • WSSRT Membership Pause
  • WSR Shared Vision
  • A restart for volunteers at Williton
  • A statement by the Trust
  • News from the Living Museum event
  • National Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund
  • West Somerset Railway Weed Removal
  • 100 not out
  • Business Plan 2020-2022
  • Salvage Hunters
  • The 2020 Annual General Meeting
  • Minutes of latest Board Meeting
  • Donation from Peall Railway Trust
  • WSR Covid 19 Appeal
  • Partnership Development Group Minutes
  • Gauge Junction on YouTube
  • Relaunch of Partnership Development Group
  • Response to Report by John Bailey on WSR Organisation
  • New Trustees Are Welcomed!
  • PLC Director Appointment
  • Edition 1 of the ‘The Platform’ published
  • Minutes of the recent Board meeting
  • Alan Meade retires
  • Newsletter no 14 – May 2020
  • Joint Statement on the Washford lease
  • An update on the funding appeals
  • 2020 AGM Postponement
  • WSR funding appeal reaches £50,000
  • A home learning pack for children
  • 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
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