An unofficial website supporting the West Somerset Railway. Click here to return to the home page...
   An unofficial West Somerset Railway web site   
WSR Through Trains 2006-2007
• "Dunster by Candlight Explorer" - 8 Dec 2007
Dunster
 
Featuring The Vintage Trains Explorer Train Set & Heritage Diesel from Tyseley Warwick Road Birmingham Moor Street Stourbridge Junction Kidderminster Droitwich Spa to Minehead for bus transfer to Dunster. Our train leaves the national railway system shortly after passing Taunton and joins the West Somerset Railway travelling the whole length of this railway to the coastal resort of Minehead. Included in the tour cost is the return bus transfer from Minehead to Dunster. Dunster, abounding in old world charm, is commonly referred to as the Jewel of Exmoor, and nestles around the spectacular Dunster Castle. This evening at 4.00pm the village bars motor traffic and goes over to (largely) candle and oil lighting in a step back in time. There is street entertainment including a torchlit procession.
Vintage Trains Limited
670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL
Telephone 0121 708 4960
Fax 0121 708 4963
Email office@vintagetrains.co.uk k
Website Vintage Trains
• "London and Canterbury Awayday" - 29 Sep 2007
Canterbury © www.canterbury.co.uk
 
An excursion that offers passengers a choice of London or Canterbury as the destination. The train picks up at Minehead, Blue Anchor, Watchet, Williton, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads. Fares to London are £29.50 per adult and £19.50 per junior, whilst for an extra £10 each for those going on to Canterbury. For further information and booking details please visit the Hertfordshire Railtours website...
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
Pullman House, RTC Business Park, London Road, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374517
Email enquiries@traintrips.co.uk
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• "The West Somerset Railway" - 15 Sep 2007
CAMRA
 
[Latest News 15 August 2007: This tour has been cancelled]To Minehead, from Nottingham, Long Eaton, Derby, Burton-on-Trent, Tamworth and Birmingham New Street. The West Somerset Railway’s CAMRA Real Ale Festival has become one of those annual favourites which is just too good to miss! What finer way to while away the afternoon than to enjoy convivial company with scores to different ales to sample, enjoying the live music and watching the steam trains come and go! Our fares include travel on our special train right through to Minehead. Should you wish to take a journey on the WSR’s own steam-hauled trains during the afternoon you’ll be entitled to half-price travel. The Standard Class fare is only £39.50 (Junior £29.50) and a buffet car is provided. First Class non-dining is £52.50.
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
Pullman House, RTC Business Park, London Road, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374517
Email enquiries@traintrips.co.uk
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• "Weymouth Awayday" - 26 August 2007
© Mark Poulton
 
This excursion hauled by vintage Class 31 locomotives runs on Bank Holiday Sunday - 26 August 2007 - and the destination is the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth with its famous beach and sands plus a truly traditional Punch and Judy show. The train picks up at Minehead, Blue Anchor, Watchet, Williton, Bishops Lydeard and Taunton, running via Castle Cary bringing the Class 31s back to their one-time haunt, the Castle Cary to Weymouth line. Adult fares are £27.50 each with Juniors at £17.50. For further information and booking details please visit the Hertfordshire Railtours website...
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
Pullman House, RTC Business Park, London Road, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374517
Email enquiries@traintrips.co.uk
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• "The Exmoor Boat Express" - 7 August 2007
Minehead Harbour
 
[Latest News: This tour has been cancelled] This diesel hauled excursion recreates the boat trains from the golden days of railway travel, when passengers were taken direct to the docks. Starting from Ealing Broadway 7:20am, and stopping to pick-up at Slough, Maidenhead, Reading 7:55am, Newbury and Hungerford, the train will be hauled by one of the few remaining EWS heritage Class 37 diesels, running to Taunton and then joining the West Somerset Railway for the journey right through to the terminus at Minehead. It is just a short stroll to the Quay, where the preserved MV Balmoral will be waiting to take passengers on an afternoon cruise along the stunning Exmoor coast. A day out with a difference, which is sure to be popular...
Kingfisher Railtours
Felmersham, Mills Road, Osmington Mills, Weymouth DT3 6HE
Telephone 0870 747 2983
Email info@kingfisherrailtours.co.uk
Website Kingfisher Railtours
• Minehead to London on 21 July 2007
No 34067 © Alan Coxon
 
A reverse of the tour below. With No 34067 Tangmere again at the helm, the train departs Minehead 7:30am approx and heads along the West Somerset Railway. After running round at Taunton, the steam hauled charter continues via Exeter, Yeovil Junction and Salisbury, and is expected to arrive at London Waterloo at around midday. After several hours in the Capital, where passengers can spend time at their leisure, the return journey to Minehead is diesel hauled, setting down as outward. The Standard Class fare is again £62.50 (adult) and £40 (child), with First and Premier Dining also available.
Steam Dreams
PO Box 169 Albury Guildford Surrey GU5 9YS
Tel 01483 209888 Fax: 01483 209889
Email info@steamdreams.co.uk
Website www.steamdreams.co.uk
• London to Minehead on 18 July 2007
No 34067 © Paul Sharpe
 
This special train will be steam hauled throughout from London Victoria – picking-up at Clapham Junction, Staines and Reading – to Taunton, and then along the West Somerset Railway to Minehead, by SR ‘Battle of Britain’ 4-6-2 no 34067 Tangmere. Passengers will be able to enjoy around four hours at Minehead to spend as they please. The return journey from Minehead to London will be behind a heritage Class 50 diesel locomotive. The Standard Class fare is £62.50 (adult) and £40 (child), with First and Premier Dining also available.
Steam Dreams
PO Box 169 Albury Guildford Surrey GU5 9YS
Tel 01483 209888 Fax: 01483 209889
Email info@steamdreams.co.uk
Website www.steamdreams.co.uk
• "The Bright'n Breezy" 1 July 2007
No 76079
 
A steam hauled journey from Bristol to the famous resort of Brighton behind BR Standard 2-6-0 no 76069. The train starts out diesel-hauled from Minehead at 6.30am, and on arrival at Bristol Temple Meads, the steam locomotive takes over, and heads for Bath Spa, Westbury, Salisbury, Romsey and along the South Coast to Brighton. A break of three hours in the Sussex resort before being steam hauled as far as Salisbury and then diesel hauled back to Minehead via Bristol. More...
Past-Time Rail Ltd
PO Box 49691, London N8 7YS
Telephone 01543 411 971
Fax 01543 417 531
Website Past Time Rail
• "The Western Ho!" - 16 June 2007
No D1015
 
The mighty D1015 "Western Champion" storming along the preserved West Somerset Railway is on offer this coming summer, as we head for the West Somerset Railway’s ‘Mixed Traffic’ weekend – a new event in the WSR calendar. The routing for this train will see D1015 heading from London Paddington, along the Great Western main line via Chippenham and Bath Spa. The train will call at Slough, Reading, Didcot Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads. After leaving Bristol we power our way across the Somerset Levels before leaving the main line at Taunton From Taunton we leave the National Network behind and journey along the preserved West Somerset Railway - the 20 mile long line which runs between the Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel through some of the best scenery the county of Somerset can offer. The line terminates at the holiday town of Minehead.
Past-Time Rail Ltd
Postal bookings to PO Box 49691, London N8 7YS
Telephone 0871 871 4119
Fax 01543 417531
Website Past Time Rail
• "The West Somerset Railway" - 9 June 2007
Minehead Harbour
 
This Merrymaker excursion from London Paddington 7.15am, Slough 7:40am and Reading 8.00am, offers a great value-for-money day out at Minehead. Passengers on the train can enjoy a choice of travel options:
1Enjoy around four hours in the Somerset coastal town to spend as you please (Adult Standard Class fare - £34.50)
2Enjoy a day travelling behind steam on the West Somerset Railway, for which tickets can be purchased on the day at half the normal price (Adult Standard Class fare - £34.50)
3 A combination of 1 and 2 above.
4 A fantastic opportunity to enjoy an afternoon cruise from Minehead Harbour on board the paddle steamer The Waverley, built on the River Clyde in 1947 and the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. The vessel has bars, full catering facilities, an observation lounge and an on-board gift shop. (Adult Standard Class fare - £49.50)
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
Pullman House, RTC Business Park, London Road, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374 517
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• "The North Star Special" - 28 May 2007
No 47840 © Bob Tiller
 
A very special train – in association with The Blue Pullman Train Company Ltd and run under the sponsorship of the Diesel & Electric Preservation Group and Porterbrook Leasing – in connection with the formal handover of Class 47 no 47840/D1661 North Star to the D&EPG for a new life on the West Somerset Railway. This is expected to be the last run on the main line for North Star. Starting at Derby at 8.10am, and stopping to pick-up at Birmingham New Street, Cheltenham Spa, Cam & Dursley and Yate, the train is expected to arrive at Minehead at around 2 o'clock. Upon arrival, there will be time, depending on your interest, to enjoy some steam action on the WSR, a walk along the sea front, an ice cream, fish and chips, or even a pint of something more refreshing. The return journey from Minehead to Derby will (subject to availability) be worked by Class 45 Peak no 45112. Only First and Premier Class tickets are available - £54.50 and £96 respectively.
Heartland Rail
The Old Cottage, Piccadilly Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2HT
Telephone 0845 607 6395 or 01453 765 848
Website Heartland Rail
• Llandrindod Wells and Central Wales - 12 May 2007
Llandrindod Wells © llandrindod-wells.com
 
Cancelled. To Llandrindod Wells, from Minehead, Blue Anchor, Watchet, Williton, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Weston super Mare and Bristol Temple Meads. A superb circular tour of the Central Wales Line with a short break in the fascinating little Victorian township of Llandrindod Wells. Our route is via the Severn Tunnel, Cardiff, Port Talbot, Swansea District Line, Hendy Junction, Llandovery and Sugar Loaf Summit to Llandrindod Wells where we have a break of just over an hour. Our circular route continues via Knucklas, Craven Arms, Abbey Foregate, Wolverhampton and the Birmingham area, returning south via the Lickey Incline and Cheltenham Spa. The Standard fare is only £29.50 (Junior £19.50).
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
FM Rail, RTC Business Park, London Rd, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374517
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• The Eternal City of York - 28 April 2007
York Minster © yorkminster.org
 
To York, from Minehead, Blue Anchor, Watchet, Williton, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Weston super Mare, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. For our friends in the West, a through train from Minehead to the city of York! With over three hours in York and the station is just ten minutes level walk from the Minster and the rest of the historic city centre. The Standard fare is only £29.50 (Junior £19.50).
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
FM Rail, RTC Business Park, London Rd, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374517
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• The West Somerset Coast Express - 14 April 2007
Class 47 hauled Compass Tour
 
Join us for a trip along the beautiful Somerset Coast line to the fabulous seaside resort of Minehead by Special Intercity train direct from local Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire stations. There will be a choice available of an afternoon break in either the beautiful idyllic medieval village of Dunster or an afternoon at Minehead. Passengers may choose to alight from our charter at Bishops Lydeard and explore this private railway by steam train at discounted fares on the special services operated to Minehead.. For full details of the train and fares please contact Compass Tours.
Compass Tours
Compass Tours, 46 Hallville Road, Liverpool, L18 0HR.
Telephone 0151 722 1147 between 10am and 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Website Compass Tours
Email compasstours@lycos.co.uk
• The Bath & Quantock Hills Explorer - 31 March 2007
Minehead Harbour
 
This diesel-hauled charter (probably by a Class 47) starts from North Walsham (Norfolk) and stops to pick-up at Hoveton & Wroxham, Norwich, Diss, Stowmarket, Ipswich, Manningtree, Colchester, Witham, Chelmsford and Stratford. Passengers have the option of alighting at Bath or Taunton, or remaining on the train and enjoying a trip along the West Somerset Railway to Minehead. The Standard Class return fare for the WSR option is £56.70 for Adults and £31 for Children.
Nenta Traintours
Railtour House, 10 Buxton Road, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0ED
Telephone 01692 406152
Website Nenta Traintours
• "The Trafalgar Express" - 31 March 2007
Lord Nelson©Ian Saunders
 
This charter is expected to see the main line return of SR 4-6-0 no 850 "Lord Nelson". Starting from Eastleigh at 8am – and picking up at Southampton Central (8.20am), Romsey (8.40am) and Salisbury (9.10am) – the train will be diesel hauled to Minehead, via Westbury and Castle Cary. The return leg will be hauled throughout by "Lord Nelson" from Minehead to Eastleigh, via Taunton, Bristol and Westbury. Fares start at just £59 for a Standard Class return. More...
Kingfisher Railtours
Telephone 0870 747 2983
Email info@kingfisherrailtours.co.uk
Website Kingfisher Railtours
• Make Merry to Minehead - 24 March 2007
Minehead Harbour
 
To Minehead from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Burton on Trent, Tamworth and Barnt Green for the Spring Steam Gala. Enjoy an intensive service of steam trains in operation - or simply relax for a few hours beside the sea. The Merrymaker fare includes travel right through to Minehead and back, diesel-hauled, with a break of nearly four hours. Merrymaker customers will be entitled to a 50% reduction on WSR steam train fares through the afternoon, so you can do as much or as little as you please! The Standard fare is only £29.50 (Junior £19.50).
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
FM Rail, RTC Business Park, London Rd, Derby DE24 8UP
Telephone 01332 374517
Website Hertfordshire Rail Tours
• "The Cider Express" 10 March 2007
Quantocks
 
A steam train linking two of the great Cider producing counties is on offer this coming spring, when ex GWR 4-6-0 no 7802 "Bradley Manor" hauls our special train from Hereford to Minehead in the county of Somerset. This will be one of the last chances to travel behind "Bradley Manor" before she is retired from mainline duty. Leaving Birmingham New Street in the morning diesel-hauled to Hereford making further calls en-route to pick up other passengers. On arrival at Hereford "Bradley Manor" will be waiting to haul our train onwards. At Bristol another stop for water will be in order allowing time to view our gallant engine and to have a chat with the footplate crew. Leaving Bristol we steam across the Somerset Levels before arriving at Taunton. From Taunton we leave the National Network behind and steam along the preserved West Somerset Railway - the 20 mile long line which runs between the Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel through some of the best scenery the county of Somerset can offer. Minehead station is on the seafront and has a large gift shop, "Readers Halt" second hand books and plenty of locomotives to see in the yards. It is a short walk to the town centre, the peaceful old town on North Hill and the harbour. All too soon it will be time to re-join the train for the journey back to Birmingham with "Bradley Manor" working the train back along the West Somerset Railway as far as Bishops Lydeard. On arrival at Bishops Lydeard we bid farewell to ‘Bradley Manor’ and return homewards setting down as outward behind a more modern diesel locomotive. More...
Past-Time Rail Ltd
116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6EU
Telephone 0871 871 4119
Website Past Time Rail
• "Dunster by Candlelight" - CANCELLED
Dunster
 
Enjoy a day out with a difference on this special train to Dunster and Minehead, to savour the unique atmosphere of Dunster by Candlelight – one of the most popular events in the West Somerset calendar – when the highly picturesque village steps back into history with the peaceful glow of candles in virtually every window. The train originates from Weston-super-Mare around lunch time, and picks-up at Yatton, Nailsea & Backwell, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa and Trowbridge, before heading for Taunton and the journey along the picturesque West Somerset Railway to Dunster and Minehead. The Standard Class fare is just £35.
Past-Time Rail Ltd
116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6EU
Telephone 0871 871 4119
Website Past Time Rail
• "The Capital Express" - 18 November 2006
No 6024 ©Stephen Edge
 
From Minehead and stations to Castle Cary (inclusive) thence direct to London Paddington, behind GWR 4-6-0 no 6024 "King Edward I", returning to Minehead behind a Class 67 diesel. This will be a rare chance for a fast run up the Berks and Hants behind the King. Four hours Christmas shopping time in London.
Past-Time Rail Ltd
116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6EU
Telephone 0871 871 4119
Website Past Time Rail
• "The Trafalgar Express" - postponed
Lord Nelson©Ian Saunders
 
This very special train is the first main line tour hauled by ex–Southern Railway 4-6-0 no 850 "Lord Nelson" since its extensive overhaul at Eastleigh works and is being operated on the 201st anniversary to the day - 21 October 2006 - that Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet won victory over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Diesel-hauled from Eastleigh to Minehead via Castle Cary, and then steam-hauled back, via Bath, by "Lord Nelson". More...
Kingfisher Railtours
Telephone 0870 747 2983
Email info@kingfisherrailtours.co.uk
Website Kingfisher Railtours
• Minehead to Romsey/Southampton on 11 October 2006
No 45231 © Chris Nevard
 
Fragonset Merlin Rail will run an Excursion from Minehead to Romsey and Southampton headed by LMS 4-6-0 no 45231 calling at Minehead, Taunton, Exeter, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton
Fragonset Merlin Railways Ltd
Wyvern House, Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RU
Tel 01332 332222 Fax: 01332 368888
Email bizz@merlinrail.co.uk
Website www.merlinrail.co.uk/
• Top n Tail for the Autumn Gala - 7 October 2006
Class 47 © Stephen Edge
 
In a provisional announcement, FM Rail will, on Sat 7 October 2006 run an Inter-City Merrymaker to the West Somerset Railway, clearly timed to coincide with the Autumn Steam Gala. The load will be 11 or 12 coaches with top n tail Class 47 diesel motive power. Picking up at Barking, Stratford, Ealing Broadway, Slough and Reading, then heading to Minehead. This rail tour has not been confirmed.
FM Rail
Telephone 01332 374517
Email enquiries@icmerrymakers.com
Website FM Rail
• Victoria to Minehead on 30 September 2006
No 45231 © Chris Nevard
 
Steam Dreams will run an Excursion from London Victoria to Minehead headed by LMS 4-6-0 no 45231 calling at Victoria, Redhill, Guildford. Reading, Newbury and Minehead
Steam Dreams
PO Box 169 Albury Guildford Surrey GU5 9YS
Tel 01483 209888 Fax: 01483 209889
Email info@steamdreams.co.uk
Website www.steamdreams.co.uk
• The Somerset & Dorset Railtour - 23 March 2006
Tangmere © Paul Sharpe
 
Thursday 23 March sees a very new attraction for the WSR. In conjunction with Past Time Rail the Railway is offering a trip from Minehead and all WSR stations (except, due to parking issues, Bishops Lydeard) and Taunton to Exeter, Yeovil Junction, Yeovil Pen Mill, Castle Cary, Westbury, Bath, Bristol, Taunton and return to Minehead. Haulage is by nos 34067 and 76079 throughout. The SRPS maroon set will be used.
Past-Time Rail Ltd
116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6EU
Telephone 0871 871 4119
Website Past Time Rail
• The Pines Express - 18 March 2006
Tangmere © Paul Sharpe
 
On Saturday 18 March a railtour sponsored by Past Time Rail will run from London Paddington to Minehead. This will be headed by Bulleid Pacific no 34067 "Tangmere" - an S&D type pilot loco will be added between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.
Past-Time Rail Ltd
116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6EU
Telephone 0871 871 4119
Website Past Time Rail
 • Page updated...
·
WSR

 • Send us your WSR news...
News is gathered from
official & unofficial sources
Please email WSR news
 • Links...
 · Nenta Traintours
 · Steam Dreams
 · Kingfisher Railtours
 · FM Rail
 · Heartland Rail
 · Compass Tours
 · Past Time Rail
 · Pathfinder Tours
 · Daylight Railtours
 · Hertfordshire Rail Tours
 · Steamy Affairs
 · Chester Model Rly Club
 · First Great Western
 • Previous years...
 · 2004-2005
 · 1999-2003
This page is not from the official West Somerset Railway website   
© Stephen Edge