West Somerset Railway raises £185,000 in coronavirus appeal

53808 at Minehead // Credit: Harry Pitcher (WSR)

The West Somerset Railway has updated RailAdvent on the railway’s emergency funding appeal as they steam passed £185,000.

The current figures show that the appeal currently stands at £189,273.57, this is an increase in £4,440 in the last week.

The West Somerset Railway is trying to reach £500,000 as an estimate in what it is going to need to beat the COVID-19 impact.

West Somerset Railway PLC’s Emergency Appeal – £152,643.26

  • Website Donations – £59,100.00
  • Cheque Donations – £16,663.26
  • Share Purchases – £34,930
  • Station Donations – £41,950.00

West Somerset Railway Association – £32,669.00

  • Rail Renewal offline – £29,249.00
  • JustGiving – £3,420.00

West Somerset Steam Railway Trust – £2,566.31

Total – £188,984.15

With passenger trains unlikely to return to the WSR until Easter 2021, the railway plan that £500,000 should cover fixed costs, along with costs to prepare the railway for when reopening is appropriate.

For more information or to support the West Somerset Railway, please visit their website here.

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  1. Wow, The West Somerset Railway (which I myself, still hope to visit ‘in-person’ someday)… Have once again been doing so well, so far… On this fundraising role in fighting back & Combating Covid-19.

    The WSR most definitely has A Fantastically-Secured Future Ahead… This Heritage Railway is still indeed (even in my book), one of the longest Preserved Railways within the UK Preservation Movement.

    I’d most look forward to hopefully travel down to and visiting for A Memorable Train Ride up and down the Well-Restored 20-odd mile long WSR ‘in-person’… Someday.

  2. It is so sad that the railway will not be running this year. Unfortunately Covid 19 has not been the only problem but I hope matters can be resolved so that it gets back to normal. All of the main players in heritage railways are running some sort of service and they are all charitable trusts. Hopefully this is the way forward, need the smell of steam again and hearing the whistles from my bungalow 6 miles away. WSR is unique and needs to get back on the rails. Despite what some others might say, the people of this area are behind you.


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