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

Commercial Manager Vacancy, West Somerset Restoration

An exciting opportunity exists to work with a keen, skilled and enthusiastic workforce, both salaried and volunteer staff, for West Somerset Restoration. This is part of WSRA (Promotions) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the West Somerset Railway Association, Registered Charity No.1041901. The position is a full time post, on a salary plus commission basis and will be located at Williton in West Somerset; please state salary expectations with application, which will be taken into account when inviting candidates for interview.

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Dining Train

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

The Shop will be closed until the 13th February 2015.

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 fare 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.