Welcome to the official website of the West Somerset Railway Association, the principal support organisation to the West Somerset Railway in keeping the magic of steam alive on the West Somerset Railway.

Notice of General Meeting

Dissident members have called for a second General Meeting, to be held during the Association’s Annual General Meeting, on Saturday 25th July at 2.00 p.m. at Bishops Lydeard Village Hall.


The Quantock Belle First Class Dining Train service operates on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead recreating the nostalgic atmosphere of the days of steam.

The Shop

A fully restocked Station Shop awaits visitors at Bishops Lydeard. Whether you are a serious collector of models or perhaps just looking for a local souvenir from Somerset we can cater for your needs.


Get involved! Use the website to find out about becoming a Member of the Association, becoming a Volunteer on the Railway or an Area Group.

West Somerset Restoration

In these days of high-tech equipment set in a fast moving computer controlled environment it is refreshing to know that a Somerset company is keeping traditional engineering skills alive. Small production orders are a speciality of the engineering team at West Somerset Restoration, which is part of the West Somerset Railway Association.


The West Somerset Railway Association owns two former Great Western Railway steam engines: GWR 45XX Class 2-6-2T No 4561 & BR(W) Manor Class 4-6-0 no 7821 Ditcheat Manor.

Steam fayre and Rally

Gleaming engines, powerful steam engines, tractors and road rollers, elegant vintage cars and motorcycles, superb fire engines, buses, commercial and military vehicles will all be put through their paces in the arena to thrill the crowds.