Support the West Somerset Railway Association
Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway
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?
Restore our locomotives
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
Do you shop online? Using easyfundraising costs you NOTHING and could bring the WSR hundreds of pounds each year.
Could you support a local lottery or our own 50:50 club?
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Join the WSRA
Volunteer your time
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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
- 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