Spring Gala – Great Western Routes and Branches

You will receive a warm welcome at this Gala with all our usual fare including bacon baps, sausage rolls, pasties and Gil’s homemade cakes. The gala starts on Thursday 22 March and finishes on Sunday 25 March.

There will be a fire to warm you on cold days and an unrivalled opportunity to see the engines as they go up and down. We will also have a new cook book on sale for just £3.

The visiting locomotives include

S160 “6046”

BR(W) 57XX class 0-6-0T no. 7714

BR(W) 6959 ‘Modified Hall’ Class 4-6-0 no. 6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’

GWR 14XX class 0-4-2T no.1450 and Autotrailer no. 178

GWR 94xx class 0-6-0PT no. 9466

the full details are on the WSR Gala website

the full timetable is on the WSR timetable page

Lost ……… and found!

The Permanent Way Gang found a walking stick in the undergrowth. It has a hard wood handle and a painted coloured stick with flowers, probably belonging to a lady. It is in the Booking Office.

Spring opening

We open 10 – 18 February 2018 (except Monday and Friday) and then two weekends in March before the Spring Gala entitled “Great Western Routes and Branches” from Thursday 22 March to Sunday 25 March, full details are on the WSR website Spring Gala

We look forward to seeing you and we will have the usual fare and extra items on offer for this gala.

Here are the days when the WSR is open in February and March.

as seen on TV ………

Michael Portillo’s programme “Great British Railway Journeys” was broadcast on Thursday but it is still available on iplayer.

Michael described Stogumber Station as ‘picturesque’ and ‘barely to have changed since Sharp’s time (Edwardian period)’.

Here are a few stills from the programme. Michael aboard the train from Bishop’s Lydeard.

arriving at Stogumber

greeting the volunteers

and off to Halsway Manor




Great British Railways Journeys

The programme, which was partly filmed on the WSR, will be shown on Thursday 11 January on BBC2 at 6 30 pm.

The programme is entitled “Taunton to Newton Abbot” and the advertisement states “Michael Portillo is led a merry dance in Stogumber – all in the name of fertility”. A short sequence was filmed at Stogumber Station which we hope is retained in the final version.





FOSS Christmas Dinner

Above and on the left and up: Bob (signals), Pete (plumbing), Charles and Martine, Peter (archivist), the empty chair is Robin’s, Rita, Jean and Nigel then down Colin (treasurer), Alan (stationmaster), Maggie (catering manager), Gil (retail manager), Bob (stationmaster), Jenny, Norma and Petra-Ann. A good time was had at the White Horse Inn in Stogumber and the food was excellent.




Happy Christmas

We wish a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all volunteers, FOSS members and supporters from the Stogumber Station Committee ; Alan, Bob, Maggie, Gil, Peter and Colin. (thanks to Robin for the picture)


Don’t forget that we are open as usual from Wednesday 27 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018.

All the usual fare around a warm fire.


New lamppost in the ground

Two down!

… and the new replica GWR type post is in.

At least it looks authentic!

It should be fully operational in time for the carol trains. Come and see it at the Winter Steam Festival.

Many thanks go to Robin White and the team of volunteers who braved the chill and did the hard work, and, of course, for the photographs. The removal of the lamppost in the car park has enabled work to commence on the driveway and the cattle dock, which it is hoped, if permission is granted, will start next year.