West Somerset Railway

The longest preserved line in England, the West Somerset Railway runs from Taunton, the main town in Somerset, to the coast at Minehead. There is a nice variety of hill, river and coastal scenery, as well as the atmosphere of a Great Western branchline. Official site is at http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk and a very good unofficial site is at http://www.wsr.org.uk.

Most people join the line at Bishop's Lydeard, near Taunton. Here is the line, looking north, with the starting signals acting as sentinels for the delights ahead.

Crowcombe Heathfield is the first station north, and is preserved as a classic rural station. It is famous for featuring in A Hard Day's Night and The Land Girls.

Looking north at Crowcombe Heathfield, a view featured often in The Land Girls.

Blue Anchor is where I stayed when I visited the line; a small resort on the coast near the terminus at Minehead. Here are some pictures of the preserved Great Western seaside station and signal box.

Sunset at Blue Anchor, looking across to Minehead, near the station.

Taken from the cliffs above Blue Anchor.

Another picture at Blue Anchor, looking towards the cliffs. There is a nice walk across them to Watchet, a historical port also served by the West Somerset Railway.

Minehead, the terminus station is quite a subsantial holiday resort, including the classic British holiday resort, Butlins.

End of the line, the station building at Minehead.


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