The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust
The Heritage Carriages Project
The West Somerset Railway is a magnificent recreation of a Great Western Railway branch line. Fine GWR locomotives haul passengers in comfort through splendid scenery between delightful and varied GWR stations. Attractive and historic GWR signalling allows for ordinary services and exciting gala events. The WSR is now properly connected to the national railway network. And yet there is a gap.
The railway's carriages are exclusively British Railways carriages from the 1950s and 60s. These are appropriate for the very end of steam trains in the UK but somewhat utilitarian and not at all "GWR" in character.
The Railway's carriages are exclusively British Railways carriages from the 1950s and 60s. These are appropriate for the very end of steam trains in the UK but somewhat utilitarian and not at all "GWR" in character.
There has long been a feeling that the WSR needs to fill this gap.
Now there is a chance to do just that. The Trust (with the help and assistance of the West Somerset Railway plc and the West Somerset Railway Association) is embarking on an exciting project intended to:
- restore one or more rakes of genuine GWR carriages for use on the railway
- build a suitable traditional carriage shed and workshop where the Trust's carriages can be restored, kept safely under cover and made available to the travelling public
- create an associated museum of rail travel, based on the carriage collection.
How to help...
If you have practical skills, suggestions or comments, please email the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at The Railway Station, Station Road, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton. TA4 3BX.