The West Somerset Railway has been awarded a grant from the HPC Community Fund. The Fund is in place to help address and mitigate against intangible and residual community impacts deriving from the construction of Hinkley Point C. The successful WSR application, led by the West Somerset Railway Association with the full support and involvement of the West Somerset Railway Plc and other members of the WSR Family will enable the railway to increase its engagement with local communities, individuals, organisations and agencies to extend its reach to a wider, more diverse community base. A range of activities have been developed including volunteering opportunities and training and work experience which are all designed to facilitate personal well-being, community cohesion and the training/upskilling of people to help the economic stability for West Somerset and the wider areas surrounding the HPC build.

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The WSRA is thrilled that supporters shopping online via easyfundraising.com have now raised in excess of £400. The Staff and Trustees would like to thank all 43 supporters who have made the effort to make their online purchases via easyfundraising.com and raised over £400 in the last 18 months. All funds raised via easyfundraising go directly to support the restoration of locomotives to run on the West Somerset Railway.

Easyfundraising is an online fundraising platform that works with over 2000 retailers who have all agreed to make a donation to the shopper’s charity of choice. There is no cost to the consumer. If you’re not already signed up please consider using easyfundraising and help us raise funds for locomotive restoration.


The WSRA has teamed up with award winning television programme maker David Parker to present an evening celebrating the achievements of the some of the men and women who brought our picturesque branch lines back to life.

David is touring the country with his illustrated talk entitled “Flying Scotsman and the Golden Age of Steam” presenting footage of restored branch lines, locomotives and the sheer hard work put in some of the men and women who made it happen.  On Friday 9th November he will be at Bridgwater Arts Centre, starting at  7:30pm.  We have teamed up with him for this one show and included in the evening will be contributions from WSR folk, including Ryan Pope who has restored his own steam locomotive and is now the WSRestoration Engineering Manager.

Tickets, priced £10 and £8 for concessions are available in advance from  https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/flyingscotsmanandthegoldenageofsteam

WSR supporters are eligible for a price reduction and can get advance tickets for £8 and £6 (concessions) by using the promotional code 4472.

We look forward to seeing you there!



  1. The Venue is Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater TA6 3DD.  Enquiries to info@bridgwaterartscentre.o.uk
  2. The Promoter is David Parker who can be contacted on dparker@availablelight.tv
  3. The WSRA contact is the General Manager – jacquie.green@wsra.org.uk