The Journal


Commencing with Issue 153 - Summer 2016 - back issues of the journal are available to read.


The WSR Journal: history

In the early days a Newsletter was sent out to keep members up to date.


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.


The WSR Journal: 2016 and beyond

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 offered to lead the editorial team for the next four issues. This offer was accepted by the Trustees and, by mutual agreement, will be reviewed after twelve months. Richard has been a volunteer on the line for almost 40 years, is well known to many on the WSR, and was a previous Editor of the Journal from 1990-95.


The WSR Journal is embarking on a journey of discovery, as contributors seek to re-establish relationships with organisations and departments up and down the railway in a genuine attempt to support the whole West Somerset Railway, by publishing accurate and up to date information for the purpose of generating enthusiasm and support.


The first 'new style' journal was published in June 2016.  Submissions for publication are welcomed, as are advertisements from local 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.