The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust regrets that it is having to suspend the acceptance of new member applications from today as a result of the huge level of demand which is beyond our ability to process at this time.
The Trust is a small charity run by volunteers and hitherto has been processing applications at the rate of one or two a month. Over the last month we have been overwhelmed with new applications, and those in the pipeline awaiting processing far exceed the total number of members we had prior to June.
We need time to take stock and to develop a system that can handle an unprecedented number of applications, and to support a membership size two or three times what the current arrangements were designed to deal with.
We welcome the unprecedented interest in the work of the Trust and would ask keen applicants to bear with us while we sort out how best to manage the process without putting undue strain on our hard working volunteer trustees.
When we are able to resume receiving applications we will publish details on our website.