The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

The Gauge Museum

In 2017 the WSRHT took on the responsibility for managing the Gauge Museum which is situated within the GWR Goods shed on Platform 1, Bishops Lydeard Station. The WSRHT is very pleased to announce that it has received a National Lottery grant for an exciting heritage project to relaunch the Gauge Museum on platform of Bishops Lydeard Station. Work on the project is expected to begin shortly.


The Gauge Museum aims promote education by furthering interest in and appreciation of railway lines, equipment, buildings, and construction and steam or other traction engines of historical engineering or scientific importance. Bishops Lydeard Station Goods Shed, originally built in 1862, has impacted historically on the economic and social developments locally in promoting the speedy transportation and delivery of goods by rail.


There will be periods when the museum is unstaffed, and visitors show themselves around, and days when volunteers are on hand to conduct visitors through the sleeping car, demonstrate the working of the model railway, the facsimile of Powderham Signal Box and bring some of the stories to life for visitors.


The Gauge Museum is open on West Somerset Railway running days, it is also possible to hold small functions or to make special opening arrangements outside of these times - see the Contacts page if you require further details.


GWR Sleeping Car 9038 is normally open on Sundays, Bank Holidays and Gala days, from Easter to September. It is sometimes possible to make special opening arrangements - see the Contacts page if you require further details.


The museum is supported by Bishops Lydeard station staff and by the Friends of Bishops Lydeard Station.


The museum is run by volunteers and financed by donations from visitors; admission is free.