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Williton

Postcode for Sat Nav: TA4 4RQ
 
Station Facilities

The main station building is adjacent to the Signalbox whilst the wooden waiting room on the other platform is now a small gift shop which raises money for the upkeep of the station.

Williton Station has a booking office which sells the full range of West Somerset Railway Tickets which can be found by visiting the Fares Pages.The Station has toilets but no disabled toilet facilities.

What to see and do nearby

For those who would like to explore Williton itself leave the station by the Signalbox and walk up Station Road, past the industrial estate to the junction with Long Street. Turn right into Long Street and you shortly reach the first of the town’s pubs ‘The Foresters Arms’. Thereafter Long Street is a mix of building styles and materials and combines modern houses with older cottages and various business premises such as wine shops and hotels. Finally ‘The Royal Huntsman’ and the Wlliton Social Club face each other across the road and the village centre is reached.

On the same side of the road as the ‘Royal Hunstman’ is the main office of the ‘The West Somerset Free Press’, a cafe and bakery. A right turn past these takes you to the ‘Mason’s Arms’. The town centre itself includes a news agent, post office, two banks, pet supplies and County Stores. Along the Taunton Road is the ‘Wyndham Arms’ whilst a turn onto the Minehead Road takes you past Gliddons Stores to the edge of town and the Police Station. Cross the road here and follow the signposted route to the Bakelite Museum. This museum houses an amazing collection of items from the precursor of the plastics revolution and together with its tea room rewards the half an hour walk from the Station.
 
Just beyond the Free Press offices is the newly opened West Somerset Antiques Centre which offers items from furniture through to silverware, kitchenalia and other smaller items.


The Coleridge Way
can be accessed from Willition Station.  The Coleridge Way is a 36 mile route through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work.
 

Wibble Farm Nurseries is 1 mile from Williton Station.

 
History of Williton Station
 
Williton Station stands right on the edge of the small town which it has served since 1862 and if you decide to explore beyond the station be prepared to do some walking.

However the station area itself has some points of interest. Firstly the gap between the two lines of track is wider than might be expected. This is a consequence of the tracks that passed here being Brunel’s Broad Gauge of 7 feet and a quarter inch rather than the current standard gauge of 4 feet 8 and a half inches. The Signalbox which controls the movements at this station dates from the opening of the Railway in 1862 and is the last remaining box from the Bristol and Exeter Railway (who ran the branch on behalf of the original West Somerset Railway company before the Great Western took over).

The goods shed is now the home of the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group (D&EPG), a dedicated band of enthusiasts whose passion and work is dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of the generation of Diesel locomotives built in the 1960s and withdrawn from use by British Rail between the 1970s and 1990s. The D&EPG has an established visitor centre tracing the history of the Diesel Locomotive and this is open at weekends. The rest of Williton yard is a working area and access is not normally permitted to this or the large shed at the Minehead end of the site. This shed was once part of the GWR works at Swindon and was donated to the West Somerset Railway by Tarmac Plc. The Shed is the restoration base of the West Somerset Railway Association and the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust. Also present there are 5542 Ltd who are rebuilding a Great Western Auto Coach No: 168.

 

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