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]






Latest News

The April 2014 ONLINE Newsletter is now available for Members

ANNOUNCING the 1st Annual General Meeting of FoWSR

MAJOR SUCCESS for WSR Spring Steam Gala read about it HERE

BBC Radio Somerset’s Emma Britton Visits West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala: DETAILS HERE

Stopping for a tea, coffee or snack at Minehead Station Turntable Cafe? You can now have 1 hour of free WiFi access as well just ask the team for your user id and pass code.

Read about the strange case of the U Class 2-6-0s and the S&JDR.

Check out our facebook page and like us on facebook just by clicking on this link

Freehold press release

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

The February 2014 ONLINE Newsletter is now available for Members

Getting In The Mood For The Spring Steam Gala - view some archive footage

A (Sort Of) Somerset & Dorset Railway Anniversary Connected With The Spring Steam Gala In March

The January 2014 ONLINE Newsletter is now available for Members

Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust Model Railway Exhibition January 4th and 5th - Read More

New book to be launched at spring steam gala

34053 for Spring Steam Gala

West Somerset Railway Confirms Appointment of new Vice Chairman

Humphrey Davis Takes Up New Role on the Railway

Congratulations to the Taunton Model Railway Group

The West Somerset Railway Through the Eyes of a Volunteer - read all about it HERE

The Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, has made a SPECIAL OFFER to FoWSR Members.... read about it HERE

Paralympian Medal Winner launches West Somerset Railway’s New Open Access Coach


Two new articles of interest for members only:

  1. 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ returns to West Somerset an interesting article
  2. West Somerset Railway Institutions ----- MD1

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Raise Money for the FoWSR Projects


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 Offfers

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.




  in Station Road, Taunton now offers FoWSR members a 10% discount on your modelling requirements. Just show your FoWSR membership card when paying for your items. They are open from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays) - 9:30am until 4:30pm - 01823 331177