The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

Dunster Coaches

Posted on September 16, 2021

With funding from the Government’s Cultural Heritage Recovery Fund, the Trust has been able to cover and protect the three heritage carriages stored at Dunster West siding.  The older lighter covers had been stripped away by the wind at this exposed spot and the new heavy-duty covers and more retaining straps should provide better protection in the future.

Roger Legg and Greg McNelly folding a cover prior to laying it out on the coach roof. Mike Jones is attaching cords to each corner to allow the covers then to be pulled down to protect the coach sides. © Chris Austin
Preparing the Toplight composite coach, no 7740. Greg McNelly is repairing a hole in the roof and removing protruding nails and screws which might tear the covers. The folded cover is in the 'four foot.' Martin Brown is preparing the next coach, a Collett bow-ended coach, no 5131 (you can buy a model of this coach in the shops at Minehead or Bishops Lydeard). Ray Clack is removing some internal fittings to take back to Williton to work on over the winter. © Chris Austin
The three sisters finished and wrapped up for winter. © Chris Austin