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Join us as a Volunteer, maybe at a Station

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Alan Smithers, Minehead Station Master and Stations Lead explains:

With the new season fast approaching, many of our stations along the line are looking for volunteers in various departments. The West Somerset Railway is operated mostly by volunteers, many of whom have no previous experience in railway operations.

Aside from running trains, we have nine stations, all of which require regular care and attention to keep them looking beautiful and welcoming to our visitors. There are plenty of opportunities to practice gardening skills or to keep your hand in with a little DIY if you prefer.

As almost everyone you work with is a volunteer, they are there because they enjoy what they are doing, which means the welcome is always a warm one. When you are done, you can sit back and watch the smiles of our passengers as they admire the stations along the route.

There are similar opportunities up and down the railway, so your local station may also be looking for staff. Some jobs are customer facing, some are not, but they are all equally as important to the appearance and smooth running of the railway.

Training is available where required, and some jobs require Personal Track Safety training to allow you to go near to the running line, which requires a couple of hours once every three years.

There are some immediate specific needs at Stogumber station, who are looking for gardening staff on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you would like some fresh country air in some stunning countryside, the team at Stogumber would give you a warm welcome.

If you are thinking of getting involved but do not think you have the skills, why not visit your local station, and have a chat to the staff.

For more information you can contact me, alan.smithers@wsrail.net at Minehead Station, or volunteers@wsrail.net Alternatively, you can visit https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

Official website

24 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Synopsis of recent Association Trustee Board Meeting

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The West Somerset Railway Association have published a useful synopsis of the main discussion points and decisions at the charity's recent Trustee Board meeting held on 11 January 2022. Please click or tap the button below for more. In the Members area of the Association website, members can also read the published minutes of the previous Board meeting.

Synopsis

21 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Volunteer gardeners needed at Crowcombe Heathfield

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A great opportunity to help tend the wonderful and much-admired gardens at Crowcombe Heathfield Station. Rodney Greenway writes:

Crowcombe Heathfield Station is looking for Gardeners for the coming season. Can you help? If you can help, contact volunteers@wsrail.net Other positions are available.

Crowcombe Heathfield Station The Station Gardens Email

18 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

No 47077 road trip features in latest WSRTV video

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The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group (DEPG) have produced the latest release by WSRTV. The West Somerset Railway Association say:

Just published on the WSRTV channel is a superb video by the DEPG, showing the loading and departure of Class 47 no 47077 North Star on its long journey north to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A must see!

47077 on WSRTV

18 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Gauge Museum helping Mackenzie work towards Bronze

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The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust were pleased to welcome 15 year old Mackenzie Lee as a short term volunteer, working alongside Trust steward volunteer Mel Hillman, in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard Station, as part of Mackenzie's Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Bronze award. The Trust explain:

Mackenzie, a student of Bishop Fox's School in Taunton, was encouraged by teacher and D of E award manager, Miss Matthews, to take part in the scheme, and Mackenzie chose to volunteer on the West Somerset Railway, following in the steps of his grandparents and father, all of whom are long standing supporters of the WSR.

Asked if he would like to progress to the silver award once his bronze is complete, Mackenzie said 'I would like to, but it depends on time as I am starting at Richard Huish 6th Form College next year'.

We wish Mackenzie every success as he completes his bronze award.

The photo above shows Mackenzie leaning out of the window of the restored 1897 GWR Sleeping Car no 9038, one of only three ever built and proudly exhibited at the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard Station.

16 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

An update from the Heritage Trust

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The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust have published two documents along with news of improved weatherproofing for three heritage coaches.

Documents relating to the Heritage Trust's AGM on 18 September 2021 can be found on the Trust's website - see button below for the link.

And the minutes of the recent Heritage Trust Board Meeting on 18 November 2021 can also be found on the Trust website - again see the button below for the link.

Meanwhile, half a dozen of the Heritage Carriages Project restorers went to Dunster on Thursday 13 January 2022 to repair damage to the coach covers done by 'Storm Arwen', replacing one coach cover and pulling other covers back into position. Additional ratchet straps have also been used to prevent any further movement.

Heritage Trust AGM webpage Heritage Trust Board Meeting document

14 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

A sign of the times

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Jeff Price, a Trustee of the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA), has provided an update on the Station Signs Project:

The first replica GWR (Bristol & Exeter Railway) station sign has been cast in iron by the Northfield Foundry, Brixham.

Two signs have been ordered for Dunster and a further three signs will be cast for Watchet following a reset of the pattern equipment.

The signs are eight feet long, eighteen inches deep and cast with a tee section border.

There are original signs of the same style at Williton, Washford and Dunster, and on that basis these new signs should last at least 145 years!

Once all signs have been cast and fettled, they will be sent to WSR's Minehead workshops for preparation to mount them on posts re-cycled from scrap bull head rail and painting by workshop volunteers.

When ready, the WSR Infrastructure Team will arrange installation with the volunteer station groups.

The new heritage signs are expected to speed up station work as passengers will be more informed as to where they are (they are mostly visitors after all) and de-train promptly at their intended destination.

The Station Signs Project has been managed by the WSRA who have sought funding for the pattern equipment plus 1 off Dunster and 1 off Watchet sign, further funding is being sought the additional signs plus the preparation and installation costs.

West Somerset Railway Association
The Railway Station, Bishops Lydeard TA4 3BX
01823 433856
info@wsra.org.uk
www.wsra.org.uk

12 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Back on track for 2022 say the Railway

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The West Somerset Railway have provided an upbeat report to the Somerset County Gazette.

The West Somerset Railway, Britain’s longest heritage line, had a far better year in 2021 than forecast despite the ravages of Covid, and now looks to be on track for a full service this year.

Due to lockdowns and a late start to its timetable, officials had budgeted for a loss for last season of well over a quarter-of-a-million pounds which was reduced to £55,000.

A record-breaking month of Santa Specials and new Winterlights trains brought in around £271,000 and £204,000 was clear profit.

Company chairman Jonathan Jones-Pratt said:

An incredible success. I must say a big thank you to all of our wonderful staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly for the railway during the past season.

Overall the income over the Christmas season has provided a lifeline for the WSR and should mean we can re-open for a full season this year with confidence. This has been achieved by an extremely hard-working team and means the business is healthy.

The company and its two supporting charities - the West Somerset Railway Association and the Heritage Trust - had agreed to put past difficulties aside to work much more closely together, he also said.

With the end of work on the new level crossing in Seaward Way, Minehead, training was underway for staff, and services should be back to normal in the Spring.

Mr Jones-Pratt also said they all are really looking forward to an exciting 2022.

The Gazette article

11 January 2022
Details kindly provided by Somerset County Gazette

Draft minutes of recent Partnership Development Group meeting

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The draft minutes of the Partnership Development Group meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday 8 December 2021 are now available. Click or tap the button below to download and read.

PDG minutes

10 January 2022
Details kindly provided by the Secretariat of the Partnership Development Group

Summer visits to West Somerset for 'Bahamas'

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The West Somerset Steam Express series of trains from London Paddington to Minehead features haulage by two steam locomotives in one day. One steam locomotive will haul the train from London Paddington to the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard. The heritage railway will then provide a steam locomotive to haul the train to Minehead and back to Bishops Lydeard.

The Railway Touring Company will run the West Somerset Steam Express between London and Minehead on two dates - Saturday 23 July 2022 and Saturday 13 August 2022 - and both are expected to be hauled on the main line, and between Norton Fitzwarren Junction and Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway, by LMS 'Jubilee' Class 4-6-0 no 45596 Bahamas.

For more information and online booking on the Railway Touring Compnay website, please use the buttons below...

Saturday 23 July 2022 Saturday 13 August 2022

9 January 2022
Details kindly provided by Railway Touring Company and WSR supporters

Track relay at Marsh Common gets underway

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The folks from West Somerset Railway's Infrastructure Engineering posted the following report on their Facebook page:

For the first week of 2022 the Permanent Way Gang set their focus on the 20 panel relay at Marsh Commin, Alcombe, Minehead. Materials had already been placed at the site before Christmas.

Tuesday 4 January 2022 saw the Gang make a start, once the empty coaching stock moves had reached Minehead, possession of the line was taken and the breather switch at the Minehead end of the relay was cut and removed, it was then taken to the Dunster end of the site where it will be installed later.

Wednesday and Thursday saw the remaining track cut into six-sleeper panels, lifted out and placed onto a waiting engineers train then taken to Dunster to be sent away for scrap.

Friday saw the Gang remove any remaining scrap metal from the site and continue with any remaining prep work, ready for the ground work to start on Monday 10 January 2022 .

More pictures can be viewed on the Topical pictures page on this website or the Infrastructure Engineering's Facebook page.

WSR Infrastructure Facebook page Topical pictures page

7 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Derek Head

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The West Somerset Railway Plc have issued the following to staff:

We have been asked by the daughter of Derek Head to inform colleagues of his passing.

Derek was a Quantity Surveyor who assisted the Infrastructure department on various building projects and also volunteered on the cutting back gang. More recently Derek had been helping with the Station House project prior to Covid.

A card has been sent to Derek's family.

The Plc have kindly given permission to publish the above.

6 January 2022
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Angela Randall

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Very sad news this morning of the passing on 30 December 2021 of long serving volunteer Angela Randall.

One of the kindest people ever, Angela worked on the Permanent Way and also on the Quantock Pullman and the latter's upstart the Quantock Belle. Always ready with a smile and a friendly greeting and there from the beginning of our time on the Railway for a good many of us. Our thoughts and wishes go to Dave and sons Simon and Mark. But there are so many happy memories of the lady who brightened our lives.

It is heartening to hear of Rodney Greenway's great efforts during his ward duties of last Monday when he managed to set up a video call between Angela and Dave and Simon and Mark. With Covid restrictions in place at the hospital this fine gesture allowed the family one last chance to share time 'together'.

Angela is pictured above, centre, with husband Dave to her right, celebrating her 80th birthday with the PW Gang at Crowcombe Heathfield in November 2014.

30 December 2021
Details kindly provided by Rodney Greenway

Association funding support for trackwork renewals

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The West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) Rail Renewal fund is the best way to safeguard funding for repairing and renewing the heritage West Somerset track. It is a restricted fund in the WSRA accounts and the monies are set aside specifically for that purpose.

At the Association Board meeting on 14 December 2021, the Trustees agreed to use the Rail Renewal funds for two grant applications from the West Somerset Railway Plc.

  • Blue Anchor Points. The points themselves do not need replacing but there is a need for the replacement of 37 life expired hardwood crossing timbers within the Minehead end points at Blue Anchor Station. Trustees agreed to the funding request for £8,939.50
  • Rail and Ballast. To provide the Infrastructure team with materials to spot replace life expired bullhead rail and ballast between Bishops Lydeard and Williton. Trustees agreed the funding request for a total of £35,619.

These two grants, totalling £44,558.50, will use all the funds currently held by WSRA in the Rail Renewal fund and will be spent over the coming winter.

WSRA will restart a fundraising campaign in the new year to replenish the Rail Renewal fund, so they are ready to help with next year's funding needs for the WSR track.

27 December 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Local Co-op members help the Railway with big donation

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Ladies from the Bishops Lydeard Co-op visited the Railway on 19 December 2021 to hand over a cheque for £2,403.02, the amount that Co-op members had raised to help fund paint, plants, and more, for the stations. They also enjoyed a hot chocolate in the pop-up reception area and a quick look around the footplate. The photo shows the Co-op ladies with WSRA Fundraiser Kate Williams and Trustee Geoff Garfield.

WSRA will be inviting bids from the station groups next year to help fund their 2022 projects.

26 December 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

The Association purchases Gunpowder Van no 5237

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Gunpowder Van no 5237 has been purchased by the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) as announced on the recent members email news update:

The Railway's Wagon Group approached the Association with a request to purchase the wagon, so the Group could restore it. The Group have a plan to recreate a 1940s wartime goods train and this vehicle could play a significant role in that. There is another gunpowder wagon on the railway, but it is of a different design and has different historical elements. It was common to have more than one gunpowder wagon in a wartime goods train. The Group believes that none of the remaining examples of this design have yet been restored and WSR Head of Mechanical Engineering Ryan Pope has confirmed that the wagon chassis is sound and worth restoring. There are a lot of the original features remaining, which will be kept where possible and restored to run on the WSR.

As owner of the wagon WSRA will actively support the restoration, helping the Group with planning and fundraising including the ability to claim gift aid on donations.

24 December 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Synopsis of recent Association Trustee Board Meeting

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The West Somerset Railway Association have published a useful synopsis of the main discussion points and decisions at the charity's recent Trustee Board meeting held on 14 December 2021. Please click or tap the button below for more. In the Members area of the Association website, members can also read the published minutes of the previous Board meeting.

Synopsis

23 December 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Maurice Sandford

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It is with great sadness that we receive news of the peaceful passing on 20 December 2021 of volunteer Maurice Sandford.

Maurice Sandford of Langley Marsh, Wiveliscombe passed peacefully away at Pulsford Lodge on 20th December 2021, aged 91 years. Beloved husband of the late Sybil Sandford and a special dad to Keith who will be greatly missed. Funeral service to take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 2.30pm. (If you wish to watch the service via webcast please log on to: www.obitus.com, username: zawu8333, password: 864297) No flowers please but donations if desired for Guide Dogs and The Pulsford Lodge Comforts Fund (Cheques TFS Donation a/c) may be sent c/o Anthony James Funeral Director, Broad Meadow View, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2TB. Tel: 01984-624149

And Keith - the Association's Administrator - adds:

Any mourners attending the service please wear bright clothes and/or Christmas Jumpers as dad would have liked that and he would have smiled.

22 December 2021
Details kindly provided by Rodney Greenway

Christmas comes early for WSR Wagons

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As reported on the WSR Wagon Division's Facebook page:

During the summer I placed an order for a full set of cast plates for chaired sleeper wagon 100678 and PMV 1464 from Handy Hobman and on 17 December 2021 they arrived. A massive thank you to Tim Hobman for casting these for us. A fantastic service has been provided from start to finish with regular updates on progress being received throughout.

This project has been funded by the West Somerset Railway Association and without their support, would not have been possible. Another huge thank you!

The PMV will be returning to Minehead once the 'Winterlights' trains have finished and will be re-entering the works in order for any outstanding jobs and a proper paintjob to be completed. Our new plates will be fitted during this process.

The chaired sleeper wagon with then follow on once the PMV is finished sometime in the new year.

WSR Wagons Facebook page Handy Hobman Facebook page West Somerset Railway Association website

18 December 2021
Details kindly provided by the WSR Wagon folks

The uksteam.info website returns

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© Peter Sutton

In October 2020, the enthusiast community lost a key ally, following the death of Dr. David Randles. David's website - www.uksteam.info - was a primary source of information on main line steam workings to many people, and one that was sorely missed following David's medical issues in May the previous year.

Railway Herald Magazine approached David's family, through a third party, to offer to host the site going forward in David's memory. After several months of waiting for the legal process to complete, and working with the executor of his estate, it has finally been possible to transfer the domain into our ownership and return David's site to the internet.

Pressure of work means its is not possible to return up-to-date information to uksteam.info, although this is available through www.railwayherald.com/railtours, but the site will remain as David last updated it in May 2019, as his legacy and an historical point of reference. Information on the current railtour scene, as well as timing information for forthcoming workings can be found, free of charge, on the Railway Herald website at www.railwayherald.com/railtours.

uksteam.info Railway Herald railtour information

16 December 2021
Details kindly provided by Railway Herald Magazine

The latest WSR Journal

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Members of the West Somerset Railway Association are right now receiving the latest WSR Journal (no 175)

This edition has all the latest news and pictures along with particularly informative articles covering:

  • A letter from the Association Chair
  • News from the Gala Planning Team
  • A focus on Williton Station
  • Reviewing Seaward Way Crossing
  • One Hundred Years ago
  • The story of Williton Footbridge

Another cracking publication from the Journal Team.

The WSR Association website

11 December 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Plans for a new Joint Planning Group

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The latest WSR Journal describes plans for a new 'regular quarterly high-level meetings' to help develop and coordinate the contributions of the main partners of the West Somerset Railway.

All directors of the Plc, the Association and the Heritage Trust are to meet together on a regular basis to develop and review stragetic planning for the Railway. Details of how the group will operate and deliver are being worked out with the intention of the first meeting this month.

Recognition of the different focus of each organisation is key. The job of the Plc is to run the Railway so that it is safe and proftable; whilst the Association is the key membership organisation with a key role generating charitable funding with specific objectives; and the Heritage Trust makes sure the heritage features of the Railway are conserved and made available.

The average WSR supporter will know progress is always aided by a willingness to talk openly and take decisions jointly. At this stage it seems this group will have a strong influence and focus on strategy and policy across the main parts of the Railway, differing from the Partnership Development Group which, we hope, will continue to provide information sharing and create greater understanding for all organisations with close links to the Railway.

11 December 2021
Details kindly provided via WSR Journal

News from the Friends of Minehead Station

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Writing in their latest newsletter, Martyn Snell, Chairman of the Friends of Minehead Station, looks forward to the Spring of 2022 and a 'grand reopening' of the Station now the installation work on Seaward Way Crossing is finished and after training of operationl staff has been completed.

Martyn also describes a welcome plan to enhance the Turntable Cafe by installing an 'umbrella' canopy to provide a larger covered area for the popular venue. This work should be complete by the Spring next year.

The Friends of Minehead Station have also helped financially with the refurbishment of the second water tower resulting in two very smart functional facilities for the Railway's steam locomotives.

It is clear the Station has been kept 'alive' during the last two years to a large extent by the Friends and Martyn pays tribute to the staff in the shop, the cafe, Readers Halt and the information office for their fine efforts, alaong with members of the various Friends working parties who have also been kept busy on the gardens and the buildings.

Minehead did not escape the recent stormy weather. The Christmas Market was cancelled, sadly, and tiles were torn from the historic roof of the main building but thanks to prompt action, the damage was quickly repaired.

Friends of Minehead Station

6 December 2021
Details kindly provided by Friends of Minehead Station

New team for WSRTV

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The West Somerset Railway Association report:

Following a great response to our call out for volunteers a new WSR TV team has been formed. They are a group of people with great skills, experience and enthusiasm and of course a love of the railway.

The first video to be released is a short promotional for the Winterlights trains, which has been very well received already. This video has been made freely available to the WSR PLC to help them promote the experience to a wider public.

Over the next few months the team will be producing a range of videos, led by the editorial board and responding to the needs of the railway. These will range from educational video and informationals to short promos for the railway, like the one just released.

It's not too late to get involved, so if you'd like to know more about working with the WSR TV team please email the WSRA General Manager jacquie.green@wsra.org.uk

WSRTV's YouTube channel

28 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Dates for Gala events in 2022

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© Alan Turner

The WSR's Gala Planning Team have announced the dates for three special events in 2022.

We are pleased to announce our Gala events program for 2022. As usual, further information will be announced closer to the events, we will have some surprises in store for you!

Spring Steam Gala - Celebrating the return of train services to Minehead with the first WSR Spring Gala since 2018. Thursday 5 May to Sunday 8 May 2022.

1960s Diesel Gala - Recreating the sights and sounds of the 1960s with vintage diesels powering through the Somerset countryside. Thursday 9 June to Saturday 11 June 2022

Autumn Steam Gala - Returning this event to the calendar for another year, with the theme to be announced closer to the time. Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October 2022

Please ensure you have these dates in your diaries.

Seb Welsh (Gala Planning Team Chairman)

26 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

No 5199 to work on the Minehead Branch throughout 2022

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The hire of the 'Maid of All Work' Class 4 loco no 5199 from the 'The 5199 Project' owning group has been extended for WSR use.

The agreement will now see the locomotive on the WSR for the whole of the 2022 season until 31 December 2022 which has been agreed by 'The 5199 Project' Group Chairman Richard Pumphrey in conjunction with Richard Hiscox and the WSR plc. Richard adds:

No 5199 will operate on a minimum number of 50 steaming days in this period. It is an ideal engine for the WSR being capable of hauling most trains with ease, and many members of the class ran regularly on the steeply-graded branch hauling eight coach trains in GWR and British Railways days. The locomotive is currently undergoing a programme of mechanical winter maintenance at Minehead in readiness for the new WSR running season. Our thanks go to the 5199 project for supporting the West Somerset Railway.

Richard Hiscox, Minehead Locomotive Dept.

26 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

John Gibbins

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Stuart Nelhams has some sad news for us:

Regular Steam Driver / Loco Dept volunteer John Gibbins sadly passed away earlier today after a period of ill health.

John has been a well known stalwart of the Dept for a great many years as well as having been involved at the Mid Hants Railway and Bullied Tangmere support crew.

John was popular and regular at MD Loco Dept and will be missed by his many friends who im sure will agree that many things wont be the same without him and ' curry nights ' will seem emptier without him bringing his own condiments along.

RIP John from all your railway family.

25 November 2021
Details kindly provided by Stuart Nelhams

The return of the Christmas Market to Minehead Station

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The Friends of Minehead Station have reminded folks about the return of the Christmas Market to the platforms of Minehead Station.

Minehead Station Christmas Market is set to be held on 27 November 2021 from 10am to 4pm. Hosted by the Friends of Minehead Station, this annual event is back after being absent due to covid last year. Watchet Town Band will be providing live music and Santa will be on hand from around midday. We have a variety of stallholders selling locally made produce. The Turntable Cafe, Readers Halt second hand bookstall, and the Station Gift Shop will be open. Free admission.

Friends of Minehead Station

18 November 2021
Details kindly provided by Friends of Minehead Station

A Collections Care and Housekeeping Team

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The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust are creating a Collection Care and Housekeeping Team. The Trust say:

The WSRHT has started to consider the duty role and makeup of various teams and identifying the individuals that will be required to move forward with collections care and housekeeping. The Trust will be convening a meeting shortly to discuss the various options it has and to set plans to start developing an action plan and to look to assigning roles. Would you like to be part of a Collections Care and Housekeeping Team? If you would please contact us info@wsrht.co.uk

17 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

Mike Hodge

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Sad news of the passing of Mike Hodge, former joint Station Master at Crowcombe Heathfield. One of the very nicest people anyone could hope to meet.

Today I have received the sad news of the passing of Michael Hodge, a long-time supporter of the Railway, who passed away peacefully on Saturday 13th November at the age of 90. Michael was joint Station Master at Crowcombe Heathfield for 35 years before retiring in January 2010 and regularly visited the railway since.

Lee Robbins, WSR volunteer and friend of Mike.

All of Mike's friends on the Railway (and there will be a huge number) will, we are sure, offer sympathies and best wishes to Mike's family.

15 November 2021
Details kindly provided by Lee Robbins

Synopsis of recent Association Trustee Board Meeting

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The West Somerset Railway Association have published a useful synopsis of the main discussion points and decisions at the charity's recent Trustee Board meeting held on 9 November 2021. Please click or tap the button below for more.

Synopsis

15 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

WSR Association extends free volunteer membership

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The West Somerset Railway Association are extending its free membership offer to working WSR volunteers. They say:

The year 2021 marks 50 years of the WSRA supporting the railway and we think that’s worth celebrating.

The Trustees have agreed to extend the free membership offer for working volunteers right up until the end of 2021. The offer is for a one year complementary membership for any working volunteer on the Railway who are not yet WSRA members. Simply submit a photograph of yourself volunteering on the railway during 2021, and claim a year’s free 'Working Volunteer' membership of the WSRA. The volunteering work you demonstrate in your photograph can be anything that supports the West Somerset Railway, so gardening, signalling, catering, admin etc are all good.

Membership page Full story

15 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Don retires as Chair of Gala Planning Team, Seb steps up

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Don Bishop has now retired from his role as Gala Planning Team Chair. Don stood down at the Team meeting on Thursday 4 November 2021.

Seb Welsh, a well known volunteer on the Railway and already a member of the Team, has stepped up to take on the role. Seb comments:

Don has been involved with Gala planning since 1995 and the rest of the team and the Railway as a whole wish to express our thanks for his huge efforts. I have big shoes to fill!

Looking ahead, Seb adds that Gala dates for 2022 are currently being discussed and will be announced before Christmas.

5 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Good response following open day for prospective volunteers

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An encouraging result following the open day for prospective volunteers as organiser and WSR volunteer Andy Mayson reports:

The West Somerset Railway was delighted with the response to their volunteer open day last Saturday. We had 24 people who filled in the 'expression of interest' form and we are working through those people now to put them in touch with the relevant departments. We still need many more volunteers so it you are interested please contact us on 01823 433856 or email volunteers@wsrail.net

Volunteer page

3 November 2021
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

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