West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust
Welcome to the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust website. We are pleased to have you with us and invite you to explore the Trust's dedication to supporting the West Somerset Railway.
The Trust was established in 1972 and operates from our headquarters at Bishops Lydeard station. We are honoured to host the Gauge Museum Bishops Lydeard, an exceptional opportunity to discover the history of railways in the West Country and the WSR. Our recent refurbishment in 2020 has vastly improved the visitor experience, and we hope you will enjoy your time with us.
The Gauge Museum Blue Anchor has needed some extensive refurbishment in the last few years, and the Trust hopes to reopen this Gauge Museum in the Spring of 2024. Take a look around this website.About the TrustGauge Museums
Support the heritage trust
How we support the railway and how we need new volunteers
Explore how fundraising and donations supports the Trust
Discover the Trust’s learning and educational activities
How to help
Your help is important to the Heritage Trust because it helps us achieve our goals. Without your support, we couldn’t do things like renovate buildings, preserve heritage objects, or teach people about railways. We appreciate your support, whether you visit our museums and objects, subscribe to our newsletter, or become a member.
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.
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 the TRUST
Yes, anyone from age 14 to late adulthood can participate in volunteering with us. Our volunteers include both retired individuals and younger people who are interested in developing their life skills.
We have lots of different volunteer jobs available that match people’s skills and strengths. Some of the jobs include helping in museums, supporting education, running a model railway, restoring things, and helping with fundraising.
Please visit us in person if you want to help and we’ll show you how to fill out a form. We’ll process the form at Minehead Station. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We take the safety of our young volunteers very seriously. We make sure they are in a safe and secure environment when they volunteer with us. We follow the rules and laws about data protection, child protection, and criminal record checks. If you need more information about this, please get in touch with us.
We appreciate everyone’s schedule. Many of our volunteers are retired and help anytime. Some are students or work full-time and can only volunteer on weekends and school holidays. If you have any questions, just ask.