The West Somerset Railway is the nearest preserved railway to Taunton. It runs from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, but also has a link to the UK Mainline Rail Network at Norton Fitzwarren.

The line first reopened in Easter 1976 and has grown to be one of the best and most respected preserved railways in Britain. Passenger numbers are now very high. The 20 mile line carries in excess of 150,000 people each year. The line from Bishops Lydeard passes inbetween the Quantock and Brendon Hills, then winds its way North to the Bristol Channel coast at Watchet before following the coastline to Minehead.

The railway houses a good collection of Western Reigon Steam locomotives and also has regular visiting locomotives from other preserved lines (and mainline network). There is also a Diesel Railcar service which is operated by a Class 117 DMU. The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group (Based at Williton) also provide various Western Reigon Locomotives to the WSR. The line holds regular special events throughout the year which include Steam Galas, Mixed Traffic Weekends, Thomas The Tank, & Fish and Chip Specials. More details can be found on the offical West Somerset Railway Website. (Also see our own Links Page)

Although Taunton Trains covers some specific events on the West Somerset Railway we leave the main detailing of day to day operations to other websites (such as If you wish to see our photos from the West Somerset Railway they will feature (when applicable) on the NEWS Pages of this website and on our Weebly Gallery