West Somerset Restoration

Restoring heritage locomotives, carriages and wagons

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West Somerset Restoration is managed by WSRA (Promotions)Ltd, the trading arm of the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA), and is based in the Swindon Shed, which is 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 support, preserve and maintain the West Somerset Railway's locomotives and rolling stock. The workshop provides a heavy engineering facility complementing those facilities of the WSR plc at Minehead and maximises the railway's engineering potential. This allows for the development of an education and heritage centre of excellence.  West Somerset Restoration supports apprenticeships to help keep heritage railway  skills alive.

Services offered include full overhaul and repainting of carriages and wagons.  We manage the overhaul of locomotives, outsourcing and overseeing the services we are not yet able to provide.  An ongoing programme of training and support for our staff is in place with a view to carrying  out the full locomotive overhaul onsite as soon as possible.

The WSRA moved into the Swindon Shed from Minehead 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.

Although our core activities are railway based, numerous commercial engineering tasks have been completed for a number of non-railway customers. The team at Williton is keeping traditional engineering alive and flourishing in Somerset and will undertake a wide range of 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




WSRA (Promotions) Ltd,
Registered Office: The Railway Station,
Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3BX

Company No. 3312904
Registered in England & Wales.
VAT No. 682 2810

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway