7822 7828
WSR and the ‘Foxcote Manor’ Society have said that former BR(W) Manor Class locomotive No. 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ has been assigned to the railway for the remainder of the life of its boiler ticket.

Full steam ahead: May return for railway line

THE West Somerset Railway (WSR) is set to partially re-open for passengers on May 22.

Trains will initially run between Bishop’s Lydeard and Williton before services are extended to run on Saturdays to Watchet and Blue Anchor.

WSR chairman, Jonathan Jones-Pratt said they are “greatly looking forward” to welcoming passengers back.

He said: “By far, this has been the longest enforced period of closure for the WSR since the full reopening of the whole heritage railway in 1979, apart from the short exception of the 2020 pre-Christmas period.

“Now, we are all greatly looking forward to welcoming passengers back to enjoy our wonderful railway running through the Somerset countryside this coming summer.

“Re-opening on May 22 is our plan for now and we are fully hoping that the Covid-19 situation improves soon for everyone.

“When and if the Covid restrictions start to lift, we will amend our plans to suit the situation at that time, and issue updates as soon as we have confirmation of a change in circumstances.”

Allocated seats will need to be booked in advance and social distancing will be in force.

When the railway first re-opens it will not offer train services to any intermediate stations or to Minehead.

The rebuilt level crossing at Minehead is expected to be completed by July, and WSR hopes to then re-open the entire Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead line.

WSR are also hoping the 1940s weekend will go ahead on September 11 and 12, as well as the Christmas services planned at the beginning of December.

 

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