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The History of Dunster Station & the West Somerset Railway

The History of Dunster Station and the West Somerset Railway

The History of Dunster Station & the West Somerset Railway

One of the best things about living in the UK is that we have some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery for you to enjoy. This includes the amazing links of railway that connects the entire stretch of the UK.

Whilst there are lots of modern stations that you can visit and head off to a variety of places; there are also lots which have a much more traditional style to them. A great example of this is located on the West Somerset Railway; Dunster Station.

Where is it?

Dunster Station is located in the beautiful and historic village of Dunster, which is in West Somerset. It is known to be one of the best-preserved medieval villages in the whole of England, extending to the station too.

The history of Dunster Station

Dunster Station is found one mile away from the village of Dunster, away from the village towards Dunster Beach, this is a stunning part of the West Somerset area. It was first opened during 1874 and became the local station for the family who were living not far from the famous Dunster Castle.

The station is incredibly picturesque and in fact it even became the inspiration for a model railway that was produced by Hornby, albeit on a much smaller scale. This is all thanks to the fact that the main building was designed to offer a sense of luxury and of grandeur, which it did with ease. All of course, despite is rather small size!

The line that runs through Dunster was closed during 1971 after the Great Western Railway network became a part of the British Railways. Although for some time before this, the line was use to transport goods.

It then became a heritage line and reopened with this purpose during 1976.

Of course, things have changed over time and whilst the station still sees steam trains coming through, particularly the Dunster Castle Express, it is now the home to the West Somerset Railway Permanent Way department. This fantastic setting and perfect location allows them to travel from the station along the tracks, making sure that they are properly maintained and looked after.

One of the best ways to truly experience everything that Dunster Station (and of course the wider West Somerset Railway) has to offer is to simply visit yourself. Check out this beautiful part of railway history and learn what makes people love it as much as they do.

While you are there, why not extend your visit to the rest of the West Somerset Railway taking in some of the other amazing stations that are found along the tracks? This includes Blue Anchor, Minehead, Washford, Watchet, Doniford, Stogumber and Bishops Lydeard Station too. All of which that have their own special charm and character that can only come from a traditional railway station.

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