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 web 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
  • "Minehead Flyer" news letters published electronically [hard copy available at a small extra cost]


Works 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.



"WATER water everywhere" Project - Phase 1

water towerVisitors to the Spring Steam Gala will notice that the water tower adjacent to the turntable at Minehaed now has a GWR style "parachute" top. Fabricated and fitted by the Minehead Locomotive department it has been part funded by "Friends of West Somerset Railway" and is the first part of their ambitious "Water water everywhere" project  to provide better watering facilities on WSR. The scaffolding around the tower will be removed in good time for the Gala.
The next phase will be to pay for a an identical top to the water tower in Minehead Locomotive yard. Your donations are essential and most welcome and easily give by clicking the Donate button  below.


Latest News

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

For those who were unable to attend the 2nd FoWSR Annual General Meeting here is a brief report/summary of what took place.

Another Thursday on the West Somerset Railway


Dear FoWSR Members 

It's a little later than planned, for which I beg your forgiveness, but today I have published the latest edition of the Minehead Flyer newsletter from FoWSR.

In this edition of the Minehead Flyer you will find:

  • Railways in South Wales—Spring Steam Gala 2015
  • Water Water Project Update
  • Jacquie Green—WSR Catering Manager
  • Bishops Lydeard — Deputy Station Master—Matthew Brewer
  • Minehead Web Camera
  • South Wales in September 1947
  • From the GM's Desk

You can view the flyer by clicking HERE


Articles from the Minehead Flyer published in November 2014 have can now be found in the Minehead FLyer Articles section of this website!  



Three articles from the June Minehead Flyer: 

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

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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.