Go-op - a co-operative society - is planning to run an electric train service between Bishops Lydeard, Taunton and Swindon, according to a post on Facebook.
A project funded by Innovation UK is seeking to bring 21st century rail technology to the 19th century station at Bishops Lydeard - a renewable energy generation and storage system for a battery powered train. The project would see a modern multiple unit train set based at the station, with an ultra-rapid electric charger alongside. If successful, it could be the basis for future train services in Somerset, and possibly even a regular connection to the national rail network for Bishops Lydeard.
In the source, WSR Plc are quoted:
The WSR has always encouraged train operators to run trains to connect with the very popular heritage steam trains that run from Bishops Lydeard to MInehead. We have been discussing with Go-op, a Taunton based cooperative about a potential train service that they want to run from Bishops Lydeard and Taunton to Swindon. This has included safety and operational requirements on the WSR, as well as how the trains would connect. We are at an early stage and will continue discussions as Go-op resolves the many issues involved in running on the national network.
The local substation has some scope for supplying electric vehicle charging points, but that won't always be coming from green sources and may not be sufficient (the battery on the train might be as large as a megawatt-hour, and charged several times a day). So it would be ideal to have some additional generation - perhaps a mix of solar and small-scale wind power - and these could be sited in currently unused land owned by the WSR just to the south of the station. While there are long term plans to establish additional sidings there, the energy infrastructure could be designed so as to be compatible with such future uses.
The above was gleaned from a Facebook post on the Bishops Lydeard page. At the time of writing, there is nothing on the Go-op website but Go-op have confirmed the report, and WSR Plc have confirmed their statement.