An unofficial website featuring the West Somerset Railway

About the website

Beyond 2022

Announced with great sadness, there will be further content reductions from start of 2023. The plan is still being worked out but likely what will remain is an archive of news and pictures, although the 'Topical Pictures' page will continue to be updated. A few of the 'static' pages will also remain, for example, the maps pages, gradient profiles, and some of the 'feature' pages. All other content is likely to go. A revised version is already being written. So in a sense it is the end of wsr.org.uk as it has been for so many years.

This is purely a personal decision due to the pressing need to reduce the time required to update the website, allowing me more time for family responsibilities.

Train times and events information, when available, can be found on the official West Somerset Railway website along with lots and lots of other information about the Railway.

Beyond 2021

I'm afraid the train times pages and events information pages will not be returning to wsr.org.uk

This is purely a personal decision due to the pressing need to reduce the time required to update the website.

Train times and events information, when available, can be found on the official West Somerset Railway website along with lots and lots of other information about the Railway.

Acknowledgements

This is an unofficial and independent web site first written and launched in 1998. It relies heavily on the goodwill of a team of loyal contributors. Grateful thanks to all contributors and those who have provided help, information and corrections. Special thanks to long-time friend Hein Burger, erstwhile Commercial Manager of the West Somerset Railway Plc for his support and advice. For further details about how to contribute material and how we use material, please see the copyright and re-use page.

Copyright

All content, photographs, drawings, diagrams and text are copyright © 1998 - of the respective photographers, artists and authors. Images on this website are licenced under a Creative Commons Licence. For more information, please see the re-use page. If you wish to re-use any material, please see the copyright and re-use page and if in doubt please get in touch by email.

Privacy

We respect the privacy of those who contact us. Any contact details that you supply are stored and used solely to provide you with an appropriate response. We may contact you if, for example, a request for further re-use of an image or words, is received. Contact details are held in strict confidence. We do not disclose, share, sell or rent your contact details to any other organisation unless you give us prior permission.

Viewing on mobiles, tablets, laptops and desktops

Most pages are "responsive" and will automatically re-shape the design on the page when viewed on different devices.

Some of the older pages from the previous design may remain "unresponsive" although still 100% viewable on laptops and desktops.

Cookies

The website content does not use cookies. However, the twitter gadget, the youtube embeds and the railcam.uk webcam pages may introduce cookies. We are unable to prevent this and by visiting those pages we assume you agree to these third parties introducing cookies. There is no other third party content except on certain pages of the pages created before 2012 which no longer forms part of this declaration and which users use on the understanding that cookies might be introduced.

Disclaimer

These pages are independent of, and are not officially supported by, the West Somerset Railway plc or any other organisation, unless specifically mentioned on the appropriate page.

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided in good faith by a variety of contributors and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under our control. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, we take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Dedication

These pages are dedicated to the memory of an ex-Somerset & Dorset Railwayman, Derek Edge 1927-1996, my Dad, who worked in the fifties and early sixties at Sturminster Newton, Blandford and Bailey Gate Stations, and who gave me no chance of escaping a lifetime interest in all things railway. He even managed to give his growing son a bedroom window with a wonderful view across the Dorset countryside, with trains passing in the middle distance. Thanks, Dad.

Statistics

The front page has been opened a grand total of times since counting started in January 1999.

In the previous seven days, the front page was opened times

Total number of times the front page was opened each year:

2021
639997
2020
695578
2019
934006
2018
910040
2017
780198
2016
717101
2015
635378
2014
586646
2013
592481
2012
751640
2011
787330
2010
683780
2009
643270
2008
557940
2007
449625
2006
316245
2005
203068
2004
132786
2003
84441
2002
49112
2001
19616
2000
8609
1999
1509

Front pages

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2017-

2015-2017
2017

2014-2015
2015

2012-2014
2012

2009-2012
2009

2003-2009
2003

1999-2003
1999