On Monday 18th September ’17 Headway Somerset Social Club visited the West Somerset Railway. First stop was the gift shop and café to stock up on information and coffee for our trip. We then boarded the diesel train to Minehead, we had a fantastic view of the track ahead as we were sat in the front carriage.
With the help of some printed information and a social club member who had lived close to the railway we learnt about the history of the rolling countryside and quaint stations that we passed through. The member also arranged for his friends to stand in their garden to wave to us as we went by.
It was lunchtime on arrival at Minehead Station so we made our way to the Turntable Café located within the station and overlooking the trains and turntable. Once again our conversation turned to the age old debate of a scone, this seems to be a theme with the Social Club lunches!
After lunch we had a short time to explore Minehead before boarding the train back to Bishops Lydeard. We went our separate ways with some members having a game of crazy golf whilst others had an ice cream or browsed the sea front shops.
Our 20 mile journey back to Bishops Lydeard was aboard the steam train. We felt very important boarding as we had seats reserved especially for us and a boarding sign up to show us where to go.
Our journey home was filled with laughter and once again we waved to all the people that we passed by. Our “railway children” day will be remembered for lovely weather, great company and lots of laughter!
Thank you to Yeovil Lions who make this trip possible.
If you would like to join the Headway Somerset Social Club, membership is £60 per year, the cost of the trips vary. Our next trip is to The Bishop’s Palace, Wells on Monday 16th October ’17.
More photos of the West Somerset Railway trip are available to view on the Headway Somerset Blog - hwsbraininjuryblog.wordpress.com