The West Somerset Railway Association has been supporting the Railway since 1971 with all forms of volunteer activity, from fundraising to working on the line and restoring carriages and locomotives. The Association’s restored carriages and locomotives run on the railway. Some things have changed over time, but fifty years later the WSRA remains the support organisation for the West Somerset Railway.
How You Can Get Involved
WSRA Charity Fund
The WSRA charity fund supports smaller, short term projects on the railway and ensures the sustainability of the charity to manage projects and campaigns for the benefit of the railway and the wider community in Somerset.
Preserve and Protect our Carriages
The charity owns 5 TSO passenger carriages, a BCK brake carriage, the four carriages of the Quantock Belle dining train, an observation saloon and several others too. Click on the photo above to find out more.
WSRA owned Small Prairie 4561 has been out of service since 1998. The aim is now to complete the restoration and return it to running on the railway in 2022. Click on the photo above to find out more.
Play our lottery
- £1 per ticket per month
- pay monthly or annually
- half the fund is prizes
- half the fund supports the WSRA
is to support and promote the heritage of the West Somerset Railway.
As an Association of volunteers we do that by restoring and preserving railway locomotives, carriages,wagons and other artefacts of historical interest on the railway and by reaching out to engage with the wider community.
Become a Volunteer. Get Involved.
Our Trustees are volunteers, as are most of those who support the WSRA and the railway. We have a very small team of paid staff, but could not operate without our volunteers. The annual Steam rally, for instance, is run entirely by a team of volunteers.
Find out more about supporting the WSRA and the railway with your time and talent.