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.

New light at Stogumber

Here is the new light fitted on the ticket office.

and this is what it looks like switched on.

On Saturday morning the 25 November we will be removing the two lampposts that have been turned off and digging a hole and planting the new lamppost on the opposite side of the barrow crossing. We are looking for volunteers and if you are interested please contact Robin White by e-mail to robin215white@btinternet.com. Thanks again to Robin for the photographs and Bob Hornby , our electrician.



We need help!

We are digging out the two old ‘corporation’ lampposts and replacing one with a new lamppost for which we need a hole dug.

The picture shows the GWR lamppost we obtained from St Ives in Cornwall and we have purchased a replica to go the other side of the barrow crossing.

If you can help, please e-mail Robin White at robin215white@btinternet.com. She will be co-ordinating the working party under Bob Preston’s management. The working party will start at 10am on Saturday 25 November.

Stogumber station —— the winter programme

The station is closed until Wednesday 27 December when we will be open for the winter festival where we promise you a warm welcome.

We have a new GWR lamppost to replace the one near the barrow walk, seen here in the back of a WSRA van.

Many thanks to Robin White for the photographs and for driving the van.

We are also painting the platform edge, upgrading the heating and lighting in the buildings, getting the model railway running for 2018 and starting the cattle dock project.

So see you at the winter festival or see you next year when we will have plenty of changes for you to see.