Pass through stunning countryside, ride on historic steam locomotives, and enjoy the beauty of 10 unique stations, as you skirt between the Quantock Hills in the east and the Brendon Hills and Exmoor National Park to the west.
West Somerset Railway and GWR are combining to offer special trains linking Minehead and Taunton on the old railway line, on the following dates:
August 3*, 17, 31
September 7, 21
The timetable for the Shuttles is as follows:
Bishops Lydeard arr:
Bishops Lydeard dep:
*On Saturday August 3 the GWR shuttle trains will leave Taunton and Bishops Lydeard up to 4 minutes earlier and call at Norton Fitzwarren Platform to serve the Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally. On Saturday October 5 the WSR is holding its Autumn Steam Gala.
Passengers travelling to Taunton by mainline train services can simply board the shuttle train and pay their fares to the Travelling Ticket Inspector. This can be for the trip to and from Bishops Lydeard or for this leg of the journey and onward to any WSR stations to Minehead. Through tickets to West Somerset Railway will also be valid.
Fares: Returns are £6.00 for adults and seniors and £3.00 for young people aged 3 to 17. Singles cost £4.00 and £2.00. Dogs are welcome and travel at a flat fare of £2.00.
Discounts: West Somerset Annual Passes, Local Residents Cards, Shareholder Passes, WSRA Memberships and other discounts are not valid on the GWR trains between Bishops Lydeard and Taunton. You can use your discounted fare as far as Bishops Lydeard and the fares between there and Taunton are £6.00 return and £4.00 single for adults and £3.00 and £2.00 for young people aged between 3 and 17. For more information about annual passes and local resident cards, please call 01643 704996 or visit your local WSR station.
While you’re there
Minehead is a beautiful seaside resort on the North Somerset coast. Simply cross the road at the station and find yourself on the beach; or follow the esplanade along to the harbour and a wide array of shops.
Explore Dunster with its original yarn market and medieval castle, the largest in England. Run by the National Trust and dating back to the Norman times, it’s well worth a visit; and you can even save 20% on entry by showing your train ticket.
While changing between train and bus, take time to walk around this picturesque
village. Visit the splendidly restored watermill or the village’s 14th century church.