West Somerset Railway Association

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway

The WSR Journal

Journal 161 frontcover

The WSR Journal supports the West Somerset Railway, by publishing accurate and up to date information for the purpose of educating members and generating enthusiasm and support.

Today's glossy colour journal started life as a simple newsletter, printed in-house and sent out to keep members up to date with what was happening on the railway.

Since 1978 the WSRA has published a colour Journal 4 times each year, packed full with articles and photographs to keep members up to date with developments on the West Somerset Railway.

The Journal is mailed out to all members and is also available to purchase in the Bishops Lydeard Station Shop.

Over the years there have been six different editors and several awards. In 1997, issue 77 was awarded the D. Noel Draycott trophy for continued excellence in the AIRPS publications competition. In 2001 the Journal won first place in the HRA bi-annual competition for house magazines from associates having more than 500 members and also again in 2003.

Following the 2015 publication of the ‘Coombes Report’ into the WSRA, it became obvious that significant changes were required within the organisation.

One of those changes has been the new more modern ‘Look’ for the Journal and an editorial team approach.

Richard Jones  led a small editorial team for the next six issues and Ian Coleby was designer.  Richard had been a volunteer on the line for almost 40 years, was well known to many on the WSR, and was a previous Editor of the Journal from 1990-95.

In the spring of 2017 Richard Jones was appointed as Head of Operations for the WSR PLC.  This meant that he no longer had the time available to edit the journal and so the hunt was on once more for a new editor.

In September 2017 Ian Coleby was appointed as Journal Editor, with Keith Smith as his deputy and Nigel Kendall began the work needed to take over as designer from 2018.  The editorial 'team' concept was further expanded with the introduction  of an official deputy editor as well as a technical photo editor and several sub-editors and proof readers.

All the editorial team are volunteers.

Submissions for publication are welcomed, as are advertisements from local and heritage businesses. The advertising rates can be downloaded HERE. Articles submitted for publication should be emailed to the editor in the first instance. Please note that publication is at the discretion of the editorial team and submission is not a guarantee of publication. By Submitting articles and photographs you accept that they may be edited as considered necessary and confirm that you hold the necessary publication rights.

WSR Journal Digital Archive

Past issues of the WSR Journal are available to download as pdf  files.
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journal 164 Spring 2019
Journal 163 Winter 2018
Journal 162 Autumn 2018
Journal 161 Summer 2018

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway