West Somerset Restoration

Restoring heritage locomotives, carriages and wagons

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From 1st January 2020, West Somerset Restoration is managed by West Somerset Railway plc, and continues to be based in the Swindon Shed, a Grade II Listed building at Williton Station on the West Somerset Railway (WSR). The Swindon Shed was originally situated on the site of the Swindon Railway Works before it was moved to Williton in 1991.

West Somerset Restoration's primary objective is to restore and preserve the West Somerset Railway's locomotives and rolling stock. The workshop provides a heavy engineering facility as part of  the railway's overall engineering strategy. West Somerset Restoration supports apprenticeships to help keep heritage railway  skills alive and an ongoing programme of training and support for all staff is in place.

Services offered include full overhaul and repainting of carriages and wagons.

We have facilities for  machining bearing re-casting, white metaling, welding and fabrication, turning, milling, surface grinding, slotting, boring and general boiler repairs.  Full locomotive overhauls are offered.

West Somerset Restoration moved into the Swindon Shed in 1995, since when the engineering team has completed the overhaul of WSRA locomotive No 6412 and Private owner Locomotives No 34046, No 6960 and Chassis overhaul of 6695.  In 2019 locomotive 9351 was successfully re-assembled at Williton and now runs on the WSR.

Although our core activities are railway based, numerous commercial engineering tasks have been completed for a number of non-railway customers, including the overhaul of  traction engine boilers.  The team at Williton is keeping traditional engineering alive and flourishing in Somerset and will also undertake a wide range of fabrication tasks for one off or small batch production.

Contact us:

Ryan Pope - Engineering Foreman

Don Wood - Production Manager

01984 633547


West Somerset Restoration

Williton Industrial Estate




West Somerset Railway PLC
Registered Office: The Railway Station,
Minehead, Somerset TA24 3BG

Company No. 01010188
Registered in England & Wales.

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway