The latest figures reveal that the WSR Rail Renewal Fund 2019 has tipped over £100,000.

Included in that figure is a donation of £20,000 from The Fairfield Trust.  The WSRA Trustees wish to express their sincere gratitude to the Fairfield Trust for supprting the WSR Rail Renewal 2019 fund. This very generous donation takes the total charitable funds held for this project to just over £103,000.  There are still more gift aid pledges to recover and when those funds are received we expect to be approaching half of the required amount for this winter’s agreed works.

The Trustees, Directors, staff and volunteers on the railway would like to express gratitude to everyone who has so far donated to this fund.  The work will begin next week with the relay of some 328m of track at the Doniford Curve and some of the donated funds are now being released to pay for the necessary materials for that work to begin.

The fund will remain open for donations until the end of the year and you can donate online  at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/railrenewal2019  or go to  https://www.wsra.org.uk/railrenewal/ for more information and other ways of donating and supporting the project.

On Friday 4th October the WSRA was thrilled to hand over a cheque for £1150 towards the cost of the second phase of restoring the cattle dock at Stogumber Station.  This is the only remaining cattle dock on the WSR and is therefore an important heritage item for restoration and preservation.  The second phase of the restoration involved the reconstruction of pens based on GWR standard cattle pens.  The station team hope to complete the pens under phase III and also carry out brick paving repairs.  The WSRA also contributed to the first phase of the restoration to reinstate the steps to the cattle dock.

The WSRA invites bids for funding for heritage projects from all stations and other special interest groups on the west somerset railway.

Photo shows WSRA Trustee Robin White handing over the cheque to Stogumber Station Master Bob Preston on 4th October 2019.

The WSR Community Engagement Officer is busy organising a Steam and Scream Community Event at Watchet Station and town Esplanade.

In a puff of steam it’s wickedly wonderful Halloween fun during Half-Term week at the West Somerset Railway!

 The event will run from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October 2019

6pm – 10pm (Whole Event)      7:15pm – 9:15pm (Steam & Scream Ghost Train Experience)

During the evenings of 29/30/31st October there will be a walk-through ghost train experience at Watchet Station.  Dare to enter a specially created series of ghostly carriages where you will be greeted by hilarious haunters, giggling ghosts and ghouls galore!
You will come face-to-face with ghosts from the past who used to use the West Somerset Railway, as on certain nights during October they are to be known to still travel on it and haunt it!
There will also be some interesting characters on our station platform!
Spooky tales will be taking place on the station and there will be creepy craft activities for children.
Visitors are encouraged to attend the whole event as historical ghosts in period costume dating from the Victorian period to the 1960’s, as well as the usual wizards, witches and other spooky characters you meet on such occasions!
Visitors are also encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin (with battery tea lights) to display on the station platform.

£10 Family of 5 (Children under 3 go free)
£2.50 per person
£2.00 Concessions (Senior Citizens (over 65) /Disabled – Carers go free)

Watchet Coastal Communities Team will be hosting the following to combine with the West Somerset Railway’s Steam & Scream experience on all three evenings:
Tuesday 29th – Evening Steam & Scream Ghost Train Experience
Wednesday 30th – Daytime Street Market (Watchet Esplanade)/Evening Steam & Scream Ghost
Train experience

Thursday 31st (Halloween) – Evening Steam & Scream Ghost Train Experience/Afternoon and
Evening Street Fair on the Esplanade with frighteningly good themed
food and refreshments /Themed Costumed Competition and Town
Parade 6:30pm/Photo booth opportunity/Street entertainers/Pumpkin
Carving/Painting/Themed Children’s disco/Mystery Walking Tour with
‘The Bell Man of Watchet’ 6-8pm (£5 per person – bookable through
Watchet Visitor Centre)


For more details please contact:

Catherine Dance
WSR Community Engagement Officer
Email: catherine.dance@wsra.org.uk