West Somerset Railway
The Railway Station
Tel: (+44) 01643 704 996
Postcode for Sat Nav: TA23 0PP
The station is now home to the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust who have set up a museum and workshop on the site of the old Goods shed and yard demolished by British Railways in the 1960s. The museum contains some wonderful artifacts of the S&DJR and is well worth a visit.
The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trusts museum at Washford contains relics from the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branchlines to Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Wells and Bridgwater. All finally closing in 1966. Please note that the museum is not open every day. Please click here for opening dates. A Railway Remembered, explore the mass of exhibits, ponder on the old station names and soak up the evocative atmosphere. A small admission fee applies.
Relics to be seen are station nameboards, lamps, tools, signalling equipment, tickets, photographs, handbills, rolling stock and steam locomotives.
Step back in time as you operate the levers in the reconstructed Midford Signal Box
Washford Station has toilet facilities and is accessible to disabled passengers but does not have a disabled toilet. Tickets are not sold at this station and passengers are asked to purchase their tickets on the trains from the Guard or ticket inspector.
Cleeve Abbey Special Offer to WSR Ticket Holders: A few minutes walk from the station brings you to Cleeve Abbey, a beautiful Cisterian Abbey, in the care of English Heritage and open from 29 March - 3 Nov, daily. Cleeve Abbey offers a 20% reduction on admission charges to those visitors who can show a same day dated WSR ticket on entry. [The offer is available between 29 March - 3 Nov, 7 days a week. Closing times may vary - visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/cleeve for details. The Abbey offers families a great chance to explore the history of the monks who lived at the Abbey with a fun story pack as well as providing visitors with the opportunity to wander around the grounds and Abbey buildings which remain at this peaceful site.
Although the main abbey church is no more, the remaining outbuildings give a fascinating insight into monastic life. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing and encourages visitors to linger. Further on from the abbey is Torre cider farm where you can learn how Somerset cider is made and even sample some of the produce. There are also several pubs including the Washford Inn at the end of the Station ramp and The White Horse, near the abbey, which serve food.
Washford Station is the first station on the ‘extension’ from Watchet to Minehead and is different in style from the buildings of the earlier line. The station opened in 1874 and unlike some of the other stations on the line is in the village it serves. The Station is painted in Southern Region colours setting it apart from the other stations, painted in the colours of the Great Western Railway and its successor the Western Region of British Railways. The small wooden building next to the main building is the original signalbox which contains a set of levers. Although the ‘Midford’ exhibit has been designed to represent an ex-S&DJR location, the lever-frame is in fact a part of one from the former signal-box at Woolston (near Southampton).
Find out more about the Somerset and Dorset Trust
Find out more about English Heritage's Cleeve Abbey.