Somerset and Dorset Railway Museum

The Somerset & Dorset Railway ran from Bath across the Mendips and through Dorset to Bournemouth, with branch lines across the Somerset Levels to Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Wells.

Visit our station, shop, museum and workshops at Washford Station.

Our base is located on the West Somerset Railway, and on the A39 between Bridgwater and Minehead, in the village of Washford (Post Code TA23 0PP).

We aim to open the shop and museum on as many days as possible when the WSR are running timetabled trains.

We are opening generally between 11am and 4pm in 2018 during these times:

June 1-3, 6-18, 20-30

July 1-31

August 1-31

We look forward to seeing you.

The station itself boasts a shop selling books and memorabilia (even hot drinks), museum displays and an entire replica signal box interior based on Midford. The station is an ideal location for watching and filming trains on the West Somerset. The museum creates an evocative atmosphere with its mass of Somerset & Dorset exhibits.

You can access the museum across the tracks where the Trust’s collection of wagons and vans are stored, together with items rescued from the Somerset & Dorset, which range from photos, handbills and tickets to signals, the peat works railway from Ashcott, the signal cabin from Burnham-on-Sea and even a horse-drawn delivery dray.

The Trust’s workshops are located here, but are not open to the general public. Here we maintain and restore our rolling stock, including three Victorian wooden carriages and ‘Kilmersdon’, our shunting engine. 'Kilmersdon' is often steamed on site and you may be able to travel to Washford behind our restored S&D freight locomotive, 53808 (originally S&D No.88), which is in regular service with the West Somerset Railway.


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