West somerset railway

Exploring the West Somerset Railway: Your Ultimate FAQ Guide

The West Somerset Railway is a preserved steam and diesel heritage railway line that runs through the picturesque countryside of Somerset. It spans 20 miles, from the coastal town of Minehead to the historic village of Bishops Lydeard, passing through quaint villages, rolling hills, and charming countryside along the way.

What’s it all about?

Originally part of the Bristol and Exeter Railway, the line opened in 1862 and played a crucial role in connecting rural communities to larger towns and cities. However, as the need for more efficient transportation grew, the line faced the threat of closure. Determined to preserve this piece of history, a group of dedicated volunteers stepped in and transformed it into the beloved heritage railway it is today.

What can I expect to see?

Embarking on a journey aboard the West Somerset Railway is like stepping back in time. As you board one of the meticulously restored steam or diesel locomotives, you’ll be transported to an era when train travel was the epitome of luxury and adventure.

Along the route, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Somerset countryside, with rolling hills, verdant meadows, and charming villages passing by your window. Keep your camera handy, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

One of the highlights of the journey is the opportunity to visit historic stations that have been lovingly preserved to reflect different eras of railway travel. From the quaint platform at Minehead, where you can watch the locomotive being turned on the turntable, to the bustling hub of Bishops Lydeard, each station has its own unique charm and history to explore.

Where is the West Somerset Railway located from the Taunton Drop Off?

The nearest station is Bishop’s Lydyard, just outside of Taunton.

We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.

How do I get there from Taunton?

The Bishops Lydyard Station is approximately 12 minutes by Taxi from the Berrys Station Road drop off or half an hour by bus.