The railway line to Minehead was part of the Great Western Railway until the railways were nationalised in 1948, linking West Somerset with the county town of Taunton.
In 2019, the West Somerset Railway and today’s GWR are combining to offer trains to link Minehead and Taunton again on the following dates:-
August 3rd, 17th*, 31st
September 7th, 21st
*Please note that on 17th August the service leaving Taunton at 12.10 and Bishops Lydeard at 12.53 will not be running.
The timetable for the Shuttles is as follows:
Taunton dep:- 0939 10.28 12.10 15.37 1636
Bishops Lydeard arr: 09 56 10.45 12.26 15.54 16.53
Bishops Lydeard dep: 10.03 11.45 12.53 16.09 17.11
Taunton arr: 10.22 12.05 13.10 16.26 17.28
On Saturday August 3rd the GWR shuttle trains will leave Taunton and Bishops Lydeard up to 4 minutes earlier and call at Norton Platform to serve the Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally. On Saturday October 5th the WSR is holding its Autumn Steam Gala.
Passengers travelling to Taunton by mainline train services can simply board the shuttle train and pay their fares to the Travelling Ticket Inspector. This can be for the trip to and from Bishops Lydeard or for this leg of the journey and onward to any of our stations on the way to Minehead. Through tickets, including the shuttles and the WSR, can be purchased from GWR staffed stations or via the Great Western Railway website (www.gwr.com), but when purchasing please specify West Somerset Railway as your destination, not a specific WSR station. If starting your journey with Cross Country, Transport for Wales or other companies, please book to Taunton and pay on the day of travel.
If you are holidaying in West Somerset or Exmoor, the shuttle trains give a chance for a rail journey and afternoon out in Taunton, the county town of Somerset. Taunton offers a wide choice of shopping outlets and places to eat and drink, and, if you are interested in the history of the large and diverse county, the Museum of Somerset is in the town centre. There are regular buses between Taunton station and the town centre or it is a 10-15 minute walk.
Fares: Returns are £6.00 for adults and seniors and £3.00 for young people aged 3 to 17. Singles cost £4.00 and £2.00. Dogs are welcome and travel at a flat fare of £2.00.
Tickets:-. Through tickets to Taunton via the two trains can be purchased in advance from this website or on the day of travel from booking offices, or travelling ticket inspectors on the trains. It will not be possible to buy tickets to National Rail destinations on the West Somerset Railway or from our website. These will need to be purchased from Taunton station, or online via Train Operating Company websites, or National Rail Enquiries (www.nationalrail.co.uk)
Discounts:- West Somerset Annual Passes, Local Residents Cards, Shareholder Passes, WSRA Memberships and other discounts are not valid on the GWR trains between Bishops Lydeard and Taunton. You are welcome to use your discounted fare as far as Bishops Lydeard and the fares between there and Taunton are £6.00 return and £4.00 single for adults and £3.00 and £2.00 for young people aged between 3 and 17. For more information about annual passes and local resident cards, please call 01643 704996 or visit your local WSR station.
Timetables:- The WSR timetables vary according to past experience with seasonal demand and are also varied on special events days.
No dates for this event are available at the moment
GWR Shuttle Trains from Bishops Lyeard to Taunton
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GWR Shuttle Trains from Taunton to Bishops Lydeard
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Combined WSR Minehead to Bishops Lydeard & GWR Bishops Lydeard to Taunton Shuttle
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Combined GWR Taunton to BIshops Lydeard shuttle and WSR Bishops Lydeard to Minehead return
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