West Somerset Railway Association

  • West Somerset Railway funding appeal hits the right notes!

    West Somerset Railway funding appeal hits the right notes!

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    Well-wishers have responded rapidly to the West Somerset Railway (WSR) plc’s urgent appeal for desperately-needed funds to help the 22-mile line heritage line get through the Coronavirus crisis.

  • West Somerset Mogul 9351 returns to front-line service after overhaul at Williton

    West Somerset Mogul 9351 returns to front-line service after overhaul at Williton

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    THE loss of on-hire No. 7802 Bradley Manor with a damaged cylinder casting (see separate story on p71) has been tempered somewhat for the West Somerset Railway with the return to service of 2-6-0 No. 9351. The GWR-inspired Mogul has been overhauled over a six-month period by the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) at Williton, and was…

  • Restoration of West Somerset’s little-known diesel ‘shunter’

    Restoration of West Somerset’s little-known diesel ‘shunter’

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    RUSTON & Hornsby 200793 of 1940 has been beautifully restored and is used as yard shunter by West Somerset Restoration, the commercial engineering arm of the West Somerset Railway Association at Williton.  The 48DS-type arrived on the West Somerset Railway from South Wales in 2016, but as far as is known, has never made a…

  • West Somerset rescued from the brink of collapse

    West Somerset rescued from the brink of collapse

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    THE West Somerset Railway has been saved from closure by a whisker – after failures were found in its finances, infrastructure and safety systems. In an open and frank meeting, 320 supporters gathered at the Oake Manor Golf Club, Wellington, Somerset on March 2 to hear first-hand of the plc’s dire position, as well as…

  • Another U-turn as WSR plc sells 4110 to Dartmouth line

    Another U-turn as WSR plc sells 4110 to Dartmouth line

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    THE saga surrounding the sale of West Somerset Railway (WSR)-based GWR 2-6-2T No. 4110 took another unexpected turn on February 3 when it was revealed the unrestored Large Prairie had been sold to the Dartmouth Steam Railway (DSR) at Paignton. The surprise announcement came just three weeks after the loco’s owner – West Somerset Railway…

  • Minehead sells prairie to Dart Valley to cut liabilities

    Minehead sells prairie to Dart Valley to cut liabilities

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    THE West Somerset Railway has sold GWR Large Prairie No. 4110 to the Dart Valley Railway plc in the latest of a series of robust measures to reduce its liabilities. WSR plc placed the unrestored former Minehead branch locomotive on sale before Christmas. It was bought from the Southall Railway Great Western Preservation Group in…

  • WSR plc Prairie will be sold to WSRA after volunteer buyout plan is rejected

    WSR plc Prairie will be sold to WSRA after volunteer buyout plan is rejected

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    HE West Somerset Railway plc has agreed to sell unrestored GWR 2-6-2T No. 4110 to the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA), despite the latter not currently having the funds to pay for it. The move comes after rejection of a proposal to acquire the 1936-built Large Prairie made by a group of WSR staff and volunteers…

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