West Somerset Railway

Corporate Information

The West Somerset Railway is operated by the West Somerset Railway PLC, which leases the line and buildings from Somerset County Council under a long lease currently expiring in 2088.

The West Somerset Railway is operated by the West Somerset Railway PLC, which leases the line and buildings from Somerset County Council under a long lease currently expiring in 2088.

The company employs about 50 staff, and has around 1000 active volunteers. It is supported by a number of related organisations operating on the railway, who with representative of the local authorities and volunteers comprise the Partnership Development Group.

The members of the Board are:

  • Jonathan Jones Pratt (Chairman)
  • Mark Smith (Vice Chairman)
  • Martin Brown (Board Safety and Compliance)
  • Bob Meanley (Board Advisor) 
  • Jeff Berry (Board Finanace Advisor) 

The senior management team comprises:

  • Andrew Young (Head of Infrastructure Engineering)
  • Bob Meanley (Acting Chief Mechanical Engineer)
  • Chris Pratt (Chief Signalling Inspector)

Additional Support:

  • Steve Martin & John Glover (Operations) 
  • Steve Bailey (Guards Inspector) 
  • Stuart Nelhams (Locomotive)
  • Samantha White (Commercial)
  • Michelle Waterman (Accounts) 
  • Kerry Noble (HR & Admin) 

Partnership Development Group Minutes

The minutes from the latest PDG meeting can be found here

Further Information