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

Four Footplate Trips FOR SALE during Autumn Steam Gala

During the four days of the Autumn Steam Gala there will be a (very) limited opportunity to see the proceedings from the footplate of a steam locomotive and also to see the work of the footplate crew at first hand as they tackle the ascents and descents along the way and carry out the skills of their roles.

There is one footplate place available on the following trains:

  • The 11.45 from Minehead on Thursday October 2nd headed by 6960 in its Gala identity of 7909 "Heveningham Hall"
  • The 12.45 from Minehead on Friday 3rd headed by 3850 in her guise at 3863
  • The 09.45 from Minehead on Saturday 4th headed by 7828 "Odney Manor"
  • The 12.45 from Minehead on Saturday 5th headed by 6960/7909.

To book please call 01643 700398 with you card details. The cost for each trip is £125 and the places are available on a first come, first served basis.    Please wear clothes you won't mind getting a bit dirty and you must not have consumed alcohol before boarding the footplate


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

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

Report from the 1st FoWSR Annual General Meeting - read 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 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.