Friends of West Somerset Railway

The Friends of West Somerset Railway (FoWSR) is a properly constituted fund raising group, for the West Somerset Railway.

Virtually all the monies we raise from donations and membership subscriptions, will fund projects to enhance the railway’s operation and visitors’ experience.


We keep costs to an absolute minimum by:-

  • Being a purely website based organisation – no office, telephones etc..
  • Being an all volunteer organisation.
  • Owning very few assets to maintain.

We invite you to help by:

  • Becoming a member
  • Donating to our projects
  • Using “EasyFundRaising” web site when shopping online.
  • If you are a local accommodation provider, become a business member.

Membership benefits are:-

  • 25% discount on standard fares on the West Somerset Railway
  • 10% discount on all purchases in the Minehead Station Shop.
  • Access to the members’ pages on our website where there are occasional articles of interest
  • 4 "Minehead Flyer" news letters a year electronically [hard copy available at a small extra cost]


NEW - Sponsored by Friends of West Somerset Railway.
This web camera shows the view from the corner of Minehead Signal Box looking at the end of the platform. The camera is a slight slant to give the widest possible view of the station and surrounding track.

Free live webcams - solution by Camstreams






Latest News

The JANUARY 2015 edition of the WSR ONLINE Newsletter is now available for Members


To ALL Friends of West Somerset Railway

On behalf of your FoWSR committee may I take this opportuntiy to wish you ALL a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.
In 2014 FoWSR has contributed a four figure sum to the Water Water project enabling the first of the Minehead Water Tower covvers to be constructed.

We also managed to get the Minehead Signal Box web camera operational: which, from looking a the viewing statistics, is very popular.  For example over the Winter Steam Festival the web camera was opened for viewing 1,336 times and the viewers spent 320 hours 29 minutes watching the action.
So far, in 2014, the web camera picture has been opened 35,168 times and users have watched the video footage for 7,594 hours 37 minutes.  Not bad for a preserved railway station view. 

The committee of FoWSR will, throughout 2015, continue supporting the West Somerset Railway as best we can.  Keep a watch on this web site for more information about our activities.  

Steve S
Web Master



The DECEMBER 2014 edition of the WSR ONLINE Newsletter is now available for Members

 Three articles form the June Minehead Flyer: 

 The latest edition of the Minehead Flyer (magazine for FoWSR members) is now available: HERE

West Somerset Railway Commercial Department Member Shortlisted For "Group Leisure" Magazine's "Excellence" Award: Read all about it HERE

 50 Years to the DAY a Steam Locomotive makes an Anniversary Return to Somerset:  read about it HERE

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY VISIT ENGLAND INSPECTION MAY 11th:  We were visited by an Inspector from Visit England on May 11th and as a result we are being nominated for a Customer Service Award.  Amongst the comments were "The staff was excellent – we received beyond the normal customer service" and "The Railway meets the standard at a very high level".   Thanks to everyone concerned on the continued high standards set by the WSR.

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Support the West Somerset Railway by using the EasyFundRaising web site to purchase a huge variety of products.   Every time you buy something through EasyFundRaising the we receive a small referral fee and 100% of that goes to projects with NO cost to you.



Members Offers

timthumb Great news and a bonus for FoWSR members. On presentation of you FoWSR membership card you will receive a 10% discount on any purchase from the Buffer Stop Shop. Call in and see the good folks at the Minehead shop or click on the photo of the shop here.