Minehead - West Somerset Railway Station
Minehead - Railway turntable
Originally measuring 55’0’’ its home was Pwllheli in North Wales. With the
demise of steam in the 1960’s the turntable became redundant but was offered a
possible new lease of life when rescued by the then infant West Somerset Railway.
The turntable is the first GWR railway turntable to be extensively rebuilt and
additionally is the only one to have been extended since the 1930’s from its
original 55’0’’ to 65’0’’ using genuine GWR modification drawings. The railway
turntable which weighed in excess of fifty tonnes was transported in one piece
and craned into position by Steelway’s installation teams. The railway turntable
now forms the nucleus of a major visitor’s attraction based around West Somerset
Railway Station in Minehead.