West Somerset Railway


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Letter to Shareholders, Volunteers and Supporters

Published: 8th May 2020

I am writing to you today to bring you up to speed with what has been happening on the railway in the past month or so, to set out the destination we are working towards, to set out how some of the challenges are being dealt with, and to seek your help with the challenge the railway is facing. It is really important to me that I can communicate directly with you.

Appointment of Justin Kerr-Peterson as Company Director

Published: 6th May 2020

Over the past few months the West Somerset Railway PLC, has been looking to strengthen the membership of our Board. If anything we have more to do in these troubled times, than if we were actually running the train service we had hoped to be.

Joint & Position Statement regarding Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust

Published: 1st May 2020

A meeting was set up between representatives of the 3 bodies, to discuss the dispute between the WSR PLC and the S & D Trust, concerning the S & D Trusts occupation of the site at Washford. This followed representations to all three bodies by members, volunteers and others, and press comments.

Track Trespass Incidents

Published: 22nd April 2020

Sadly, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) is getting some alarming reports about increasing incidents of trespass on the WSR at various locations at present.

West Somerset Railway Funding Appeal Update

Published: 22nd April 2020

The WSR plcs main Coronavirus emergency appeal now stands at £50,983, comprising: £26,715 via website donations, £1,868 in cheque donations, share purchases of £6,400 and station group donations of £16,000.

West Somerset Railway funding appeal hits the right notes

Published: 2nd April 2020

After the West Somerset Railway plc (WSR) was forced to suspend operations and shut down on 17 March, before the 2020 running season even got underway planned for Saturday 21 March, an urgent appeal was launched on the company's website for desperately needed funds to help the 22 mile line heritage line get through the Coronavirus crisis.

Official Statement from the PLC Board

Published: 27th March 2020

Yesterday I wrote to our paid staff within the WSR PLC, who are being affected by how Government is instructing us to manage the COVID-19 Virus. You may well have learned of the challenging position we find ourselves in, but it is now time for me to update you formally as a valued volunteer

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Published: 19th March 2020

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West Somerset Railway has decided it has to postpone the first running services of the season.

Published: 17th March 2020

It is with real regret that West Somerset Railway has decided it has to postpone the first running services of the season.