Support the West Somerset Railway Association

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway

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The West Somerset Railway runs through some of Somerset's finest countryside, linking communities, providing employment and volunteering opportunities, and helping to sustain the economy of the area, as it has done for over 150 years. It is a living museum and window into the golden age of steam.  The railway only survives and flourishes with help from all its supporters and stakeholders. Here are some of the ways you can help us preserve the heritage of the West Somerset Railway and keep this beautiful railway running.  There are always ongoing needs and projects to help preserve the legacy of the past for future generations.

Donate to Specific Projects

Did you know it costs over £250,000 to overhaul a locomotive, around £5000 to paint a carriage and £150,000 to replace half a mile of worn track.   Our projects have opportunities for single donations and also for regular giving. How can you help?

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Restore our locomotives

WSRA owned Small Prairie 4561 has been out of service since 1998.  The aim is now to complete the restoration and return it to running on the railway in 2021. Learn how you can help HERE

Refurbish our carriages

The WSRA owns 5 TSO passenger carriages, a BCK brake carriage, the Quantock Belle dining train, an observation saloon and several others too. Along with the other carriages on the railway, they need maintaining often to standards never envisaged when they were built.  Find out more HERE

Renew our Rail

The West Somerset Railway track uses 53,000 sleepers and well over 40 miles of rail. The rail has a life of between 50 and 100 years. Much of our track is at the very end of its life and we urgently need to renew it.  Learn more HERE

Support us with your daily lifestyle

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Join the WSRA


The WSRA is a membership organisation.  Members decide who should run the Association and how they should do it.  Join up HERE to have your say.

Volunteer your time

The railway could not function without volunteers.  There are opportunities in every area, from fundraising and admin through to driving and guarding a train. Find out more HERE

Leave a gift in your Will

Gifts in Wills can help the railway to survive and thrive, leaving a legacy for future generations to enjoy and learn from.  Find out more HERE.

Trusts and Foundations

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:

  • Hinkley Point C Community Fund
  • Sir John and Lady Heathcoat Amory's Charitable Trust
  • Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement
  • Swire Charitable Trust
  • Pilgrim Trust
  • N.Smith Charitable Settlement
  • The Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
  • Fairfield Charitable Trust
  • George John and Sheilah Livanos Charitable Trust
  • The Hobson Charity
  • Britford Bridge Trust
  • Transport Trust
  • Elmgrant Trust
  • Aviva Community Fund
  • Aurelius Charitable Trust

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway