The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

Gauge Junction Model Railway
Our 00 gauge model railway built and operated by our younger members.
Discover the Model Railway Team
Learning and Education within the Trust
One of our aims is focussed on education and learning within the local community about the heritage, history and socio-economic background of the West Somerset Railway.
Learn More about how we support this
Join Us as a Heritage Trust Member!
Become a member for little as £2.50 per month. Members are entitled to discounted travel on the West Somerset Railway.
Click here to find out more abuout being a member
Volunteer with us, we need you!
We need people with all types of skills; the Trust can only carry out its work through the donations and help of its members: Practical skills to help rebuild our coaches – woodworking, painting, metalworking. We need people to build and operate our model railway. We need you if you have people skills to help show our visitors around. If you could help us either in a regular working party or at other times, please get in contact.
Volunteering with the Trust
WSRHT New Website
Welcome to the Heritage Trust's new official website. Folks may notice some minor transition changes between the two sites; please bear with us during this transition.
Latest News
Follow our regular stream of the latest news from the Trust via our Latest News page
Latest News
Book an Educational Visit
Our Learning Officer is reaching out to primary and secondary schools, interested in our Education Programme.
Learn more about our Learning involvement

WELCOME

Welcome to the website of the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust. The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust Ltd is a charitable company established in 1972 and is one of the charities supporting the West Somerset Railway.

The Gauge Museum is based at Bishops Lydeard station, which is the Heritage Trust’s headquarters. The museum is based in the former GWR goods shed and has recently completed a significant refurbishment and aims to show the history of railways in the West Country and the WSR, in particular.

About us

How we support the railway and how we need new volunteers

Views around the West Somerset Railway

Fundraisers

Explore how fundraising and donations supports the Trust

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Education

Discover the Trust’s learning and educational activities

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Support the heritage trust

How to help

Your contribution helps the Heritage Trust achieve its Aims and Objectives. Without your support the renovations, preserving of heritage artefacts, and the educational teachings of the railway could  not happen.

Through your help by visiting our museums, artefacts and rolling stock, subscribing to our twice-a-year newsletter, or being a member.

Newsletter

Newsletters are issued at intervals of roughly six months. Each publication features an update on progress in different Heritage Trust Projects and updates from the Board of Trustees and the Trust’s Chairman.

Click below to add your name to the subscription list and to see archive newsletter publications.

Membership

Being a Heritage Trust member provides plenty of benefits.

If you are interested in being a member, please click below to read more information about the benefits and how you can donate.

Volunteer
with us!

Yes, of course, it is. We can take anybody from the age of fourteen right the way into late adulthood. Many of our volunteers are retired, but the younger generation has supported the volunteering effort to advance their life skills over the years.

We are fortunate to have many exciting volunteering roles on offer, catering for a diverse range of abilities, skills and strengths. 

Roles include museum stewardship, education support, model railway operating, restoration volunteer and fundraising assistance. 

Do come and visit us face-to-face if you are interested in supporting us. We will then direct you to fill in an ‘Expressions of Interest Form’ to be processed centrally at Minehead Station. 

Alternatively, email volunteers@wsrail.net

We are committed to ensuring ‘Trackers’, the young volunteer’ scheme, are safe and surrounded in a well-established environment whilst undertaking any form of volunteering. The Trust and the wider WSR is heavily compliant with GDPR, safeguarding and DBS requirements. Please contact us if you require more information on this.

We are passionately supportive of understanding each person and work commitments. The majority of our volunteers are retired and help on any day they can, whereas others are students or work full-time jobs and are only available during school holidays and weekends. Discuss with us more if unsure.

Volunteer with Us

We need people with all types of skills, the Trust can only carry out its work through the donations and help of its members. If you are at all interested please click below, directing you to the Contact Us page.
VOLUNTEER WITH US