Minehead Railway


  /  /1865Minehead Railway
  /  /1870Minehead Railway
Company dissolved.
  /  /1871Minehead Railway
Company re-formed.
16/07/1874Minehead Railway
Opened, operated by the Bristol and Exeter Railway.
  /10/1882Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Converted to standard gauge from broad gauge.
  /  /1897Minehead Railway Great Western Railway
Minehead Railway absorbed by the Great Western Railway.
  /  /1933Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Number of passing loops increased from 4 to 6 to accommodate tourist traffic.
  /  /1934Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Dunster to Minehead doubled, tablet exchangers installed.
  /  /1936Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Norton Fitzwarren to Bishops Lydeard doubled.
  /  /1962Minehead Railway
Butlin holiday camp opened at Minehead.
  /  /1966Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Dunster to Minehead double track operated as two one engine in steam branches, Minehead signal box closed.
  /  /1970Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Junction changed from Norton Fitzwarren to Silkmill Crossing, the branch running parallel to the main line to the junction.
04/01/1971Minehead Railway
West Somerset Railway
Line closed.
28/03/1976Minehead Railway
Minehead to Blue Anchor re-opened as the West Somerset Railway [Preserved] .
28/08/1976Minehead Railway
West Somerset Railway
Blue Anchor to Williton re-opened.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Watchett to Minehead

Now a preserved railway, this was a passenger and goods line from an end on junction at Watchett to Minehead.

GWR 5199 approaching Watchet en route to Minehead 23/04/17 @ 1235 hours. ...
Peter Todd 23/04/2017
5552 sets out from Watchet for Williton on the West Somerset Railway on 24 March. ...
Peter Todd 24/03/2008
53808 at Watchet on 23 April 2017 with a train for Bishops Lydeard. ...
Peter Todd 23/04/2017
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Restored railway goods vehicles on display at Washford on the West Somerset Railway in September 2012. ...
Colin Alexander 02/09/2012
Restored goods vehicles on the West Somerset Railway in the sidings at Washford on 2 September 2012. The collection includes a former GWR fruit van ...
Colin Alexander 02/09/2012
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Blue Anchor signal box in BR days not long before the line shut. Now the West Somerset Railway. ...
Doug Nicholls /07/1970
King Arthur class 4-6-0 no 30777 Sir Lamiel running into Blue Anchor station on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011.
Peter Todd 19/03/2011
70000 departing from Blue Anchor on 19 March 2011. The locomotive was in black and without nameplates (apparently for her first few months in BR ...
Peter Todd 19/03/2011
With the Bristol Channel in the background, GWR 2-6-2T 4160 leaves Blue Anchor with a passenger service for Minehead on 17th May 2014. Behind the ...
Mark Bartlett 17/05/2014
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9351 in store at Minehead station in September 2020. This engine is a rebuild from a GWR Large Prairie 2-6-2T No 5193, a former Barry wreck that has ...
Peter Todd 26/09/2020
I had a trip to the Somerset coast on 26th September and called into Minehead Station, as one would. There was no rail traffic but judging by the ...
Peter Todd 26/09/2020
Collett 2-6-2T no 4160 photographed at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on 6 June 2002. ...
Ian Dinmore 06/06/2002
I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down. No. 53809 seems to be perspiring from all of its joints after arriving at Minehead on 13th May ...
Ken Strachan 13/05/2017
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