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Retail Manager Kate Beard tells us that on Saturday 30 July she is holding a one day sale of bus and tram themed books, including some specialist works on European Light Rail. Most of these are in ‘as new’ condition and will be reduced in price by up to 50%. There will also be a number of reduced maritime books. Kate says “Don’t forget we stock a wide range of rail and transport books, model railways and diecasts. Why not combine a trip to our shop with a mid-summer day out on the WSR and enjoy the beautiful Somerset scenery […]

One day sale at Bishops Lydeard station shop


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The first ‘New Look’ WSR journal is published. Members will shortly receive their copy in the post. An online version is also available and can be read HERE

WSR Journal 153 is published


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Members enjoyed a varied and informative day on Sunday 24th July. The day started with a trip on the DMU to Williton where, following refreshments and a short introduction, they were shown around the station, the DEPG and the WS Restoration activities. Members then re-joined the DMU back through Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren for an introduction to the WSRA’s land and the Triangle. Following lunch the consultation meeting gave members an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute, both in the main meeting and in the break-out groups that followed. The final summing up drew together what had been […]

WSRA Members Consultation Day



Service on the Quantock Belle
The WSRA Promotions board are pleased to announce that Barrie Childs has been appointed Quantock Belle Manager. Barrie first started working with the Quantock Belle team in 1994 and has gained valuable experience along the way. Barrie will work alongside the current manager Richard Knight who after many years of loyal service will relinquish some of the more onerous tasks but continue to work alongside Barrie as Deputy Manager. The Quantock Belle was active during the recent Mixed Traction weekend serving Full English Breakfasts and hot lunches to hungry passengers. This was a very successful enterprise which we hope to […]

Quantock Belle news


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The WSRA board of Trustees and Directors met on Wednesday 8 June. Two new Trustees were co-opted with a view to succession planning. The nomination paper for the 2016 Annual General Meeting was agreed and is now published, under General Meetings on the DOCUMENTS PAGE of this website. Candidates are asked to provide a 150 word statement and also complete a skills matrix to inform voting members. Closing date for applications is 29 July 2016, in accordance with the Articles of Association and the 22nd October Annual General Meeting. Barrie Childs was appointed as Quantock Belle manager and he will […]

WSRA board news


2016 Rally volunteer poster
The West Somerset Railway Association runs a very successful Steam Fayre and Vintage Vehicle Rally in August each year. It’s held at the Norton Triangle fields just to the west of the village of Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton. The event attracts well over 5000 visitors over the weekend and this year it takes place on 6th and 7th August. The Rally Team need help at the event with public car parking; exhibitors gates; public ticket offices; arena marshalling; on-site exhibitor traffic marshalling; directing visitors on the Rally site; admin assistance and ‘runners’; refreshment tent assistants; programme sellers; and help before […]

WSRA steam rally needs more volunteers